It is a never ending affair in Burdwan, West Bengal. With 60 more crude bombs being seized questions are being asked whether any lessons have been learnt from the past. It was only a few months back that the security agencies seized over 653 bombs from this place. This has once again put the spotlight back on the state where bomb making is a cottage industry in which people are paid Rs 70 a day.
Burdwan was in the news in 2014 when a major module of the Jamaat-ul Mujahideen, Bangladesh was busted. There was an accidental blast in a house at Burdwan in October 2014 following which investigations revealed shocking details of the modus operandi.
It was found that the operatives were preparing bombs and were planning on transporting it to Bangladesh. The idea was to carry out a series of blasts using over 500 bombs in a bid to shake up the dispensation in the country.
Intelligence Bureau officials have repeatedly warned about West Bengal turning into a bomb capital. Since 2015, there have been several incidents and the number of crude bombs seized has been over 1,500.
The bomb culture in West Bengal is not something new. Agencies who have probed the various cases have found that most of the bombs that have been found in the state are used for political wars. Bombs have become a symbol of strength for political parties and they use it to outdo political rivals, investigations have shown.
In several investigations it has been seen that most of the bombs that have been recovered have belonged to fringe elements of political parties. There are designated anti social elements in almost all political parties in West Bengal who have been roped in to fight a bloody political war.
Right from a village panchayat election to a Lok Sabha polls, several political parties have used bombs as a tool to fight their opponents. In several cases it has been found that cottage industries have been set up to make bombs.
The bomb industry is thriving and there is a huge demand for the same an investigator informed oneindia.
Terror bombs meant to kill innocents has also become a thriving industry. The Burdhwan episode was a sign of this. In this case we however got to see a full fledged module from Bangladesh being set up in West Bengal.
It was not difficult for these persons to source and make the bombs considering the fact that there was already a thriving market for the same. The Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen operatives had easy access to material and this helped them make over 150 bombs.
Investigations have shown that bombs are being made in illegal cottage industries in West Bengal. There are several labour who have been roped in for the job.
These are not skilled labour, but unemployed youth have been hired to prepare the bombs. These industries also have a large number of Bangladeshi illegal immigrants. Investigations show that the job of these persons is to prepare bombs and they are paid around Rs 70 per day. Their only brief is to prepare as many bombs as possible.