A day after two CID officers were killed while defusing bombs, the same careless attitude of the policemen from Chakdah police station in handling explosives once again came to light when bombs were found outside the house of a CPI(M) leader.
It may be mentioned that assistant sub-inspector Vishudhhananda Mishra and Constable Subrata Choudhury were killed while defusing bombs at Jainpur village of Kaliachak in Malda on Monday. The officers of the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) of the Criminal Investigation department went to the spot after receiving information that four Trinamool Congress workers were killed when some miscreants hurled bombs at the house.
On Wednesday morning, the officers of Chakdah police station received a phone call stating that bombs were found outside the houses of two CPI(M) workers at Simurali in Nadia. They rushed to the spot and found hundreds of people gathered there before the police had reached.
Some policemen were found dispersing the mob while two officers risked their lives and went ahead to diffuse the bombs without taking any precaution any measures. The officers picked up the bombs and placed in a bucket containing water. Some people from the mob had even shouted to alert the policemen. But without paying any heed to the alert they picked up the bombs and placed in the bucket. A constable was found carrying the bucket containing the bombs to an open area. After around an hour the police dispersed the mob and left the place.
A police officer said that there had been unnecessary panic among people and the hurried steps were taken to assure people that there was no danger. A local resident said that the officers who were killed in Malda on Monday were officers from BDS.
Despite being specialised in defusing bombs they had failed to assess its intensity. “Then how the officers from the police station can take such a risky steps,” he said adding that it could have led to another massacre.