No end to bombs in West Bengal

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Kolkata, Dec 29: There is no end to bomb related incidents in West Bengal. There has been a lot of criticism of the ruling TMC in West Bengal and there are enough statistics to show that not much is being done about the open manufacturing of bombs in West Bengal.

Yesterday two persons were killed while preparing bombs at a godown in Malda which is owned by a TMC worker. According to investigations, the godown where the bombs were being made belonged to Atiur Rehman who is a TMC worker.

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Seven persons were in the godown at the Sujapur area in Malda. Two persons Hannan Shaikh and Faidul Sheikh died when the bombs accidentally exploded while they were making it.

No lessons learnt from Burdwan:

It was in a small room in Burdwan that some persons were preparing bombs. Last year at a small home in Burdwan one person died when a bomb accidentally exploded.

It was no small incident and revealed the devious role of the Jammat ul-Mujahideen, Bangladesh who were preparing bombs to be transported to Bangladesh.

It is still unclear why bombs were being prepared in Malda. While the police say that investigations are on, it is a well known fact that bombs are used in fighting political rivals on the street in West Bengal.

Malda is already in the news for a variety of reasons. It has become the landing point for fake currency which is prepared in Pakistan and pumped in through Bangladesh. Moreover Malda has also been in the news several times this year when crude bombs numbering 70 and 30 in two separate raids were reported.

Even in the year 2014 there was an incident reported where three persons were injured while preparing bombs in Malda. In another incident, a man was apprehended while transporting bombs on the Kaithar-Malda train.

Intelligence Bureau (IB) officials say that in some parts of West Bengal the issue has gone beyond control. The local police just do not take the alerts we give them seriously.

Moreover, these bombs are prepared in cottage industries and despite having concrete information, the police do not act. We assume it is political pressure, the IB official says.

In the past it has been found that crude bombs have been prepared in a small plastic factory or a firecracker unit.

It makes a noise when the incident is first reported, but then the probe goes nowhere thus encouraging such elements to continue preparing bombs, the officer also adds.

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