West Bengal police seized over 650 crude bombs from different villages in Burdwan district.
The police also arrested around 1,100 people in what was a major crackdown across the district following a tipoff.
Police said that at least 123 bombs were found in six drums from a single individual’s house in Kalyanpur village in Mangalkot area. Mangalkot is around 35 kilometers from Burdwan town.
In this village alone, the police arrested at least 13 people. While the Kalyanpur raid was conducted on Saturday, the police discovered a cache of 107 bombs in another village, Kandra in Ketugram area of the district.
This made the police launch a drive across the district. By Monday night, the police had recovered a huge cache of over 400 bombs.
According to reports, the police also seized 26 arms, 28 live cartridges, ganja and foreign liquor. Burdwan came under the scanner of the National Investigation Agency following an accidental blast in Khagragarh locality on October 2, 2014 that left two suspected terrorists dead. The NIA said that the terrorists were planning to attack during the Durga Puja.
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On Monday, July 18, 2016, a special court charged 30 persons in the case, of which 10 are absconding, under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and the Arms Act. Their trial would begin on August 19. In March 2015, the Bengal police had recovered a cache of over 200 bombs from another village in the district.