Two hundred cocktail-bombs found from spot of explosion in Kaliachak

18 Jul 2018

Police and bomb squad of criminal  investigation department (CID) today recovered nearly 200 crude bombs from the spot of the blast that claimed two lives yesterday. Three persons were arrested in connection with the blast at Sailapur under Kaliachak police station in last 24 hours.
A team of CID’s bomb squad and police inspected the spot and found the bombs  scattered at the bamboo grove. The bombs looked like small plastic balls. Those hollow balls are cut open and filled with gun-powder to make them bombs, according to sources in the district police.
Use of such mini-explosives is common in Bangladesh and known as cocktail-bombs. Although small in size the bombs can cause massive damage, the sources said.
Incidentally,  Kamal Ghosh, 30 and Biswajit Ghosh, 35 were killed in the explosion on Tuesday. Four others were injured and admitted to Malda medical college & hospital.
Police have arrested Kartik Ghosh, Kamal Ghosh and Biplab Karmakar in connection with the explosion.
“We are trying to gather information as to why so many bombs were being made at the bamboo grove. We primarily anticipate that those bombs were to be used for turf-war among anti-socials or to cause a sensational damage at the border area,” a senior police official said.
It may be mentioned that the spot of explosion is not too far away from the India-Bangladesh border and export point at Mahadipur under English Bazaar police station.
Bomb-squad officials who visited the spot wearing the explosion-proof jackets were surprised to find so many bombs together. Those crude bombs were reportedly defused too.
It has been alleged by the locals that gangs of miscreants often indulge in turf-wars to establish control over the parking-area at the export-zone in Mahadipur. The lorry drivers are reportedly robbed off too.
Arnab Ghosh, SP, Malda said that a large number of bombs were found at the spot of explosion. “Three persons were arrested and a probe has been started,” Ghosh said. (EOIPC)