By A Newsman
Asansol, 30 August: ABOUT a year since the Khagragarh Blast in October 2014 that had exposed a Bangladeshi terror module being active in West Bengal, now another accidental blast has brought to light an illegal bomb-making unit in Katwa in the same Burdwan district.
A high intensity bomb blast in a two-storey house at Gafulia village in Katwa on Saturday evening rocked the sleepy village, killing one person and injuring two. The blast was so powerful that it blew off the entire terrace of the house made of brick and cement.
CID’s bomb disposal squad went to the spot on Sunday morning and found nine live bombs that were defused subsequently. Huge quantity of raw materials and around 10 sharp weapons have also been found in the house.
Kanikuro Sheikh (25) died in the blast and Alimuddin alias Mithun Sheikh and Ratan alias Ziar Sheikh are undergoing treatment at a hospital in Burdwan. They were apparently making bombs when the blast took place accidentally.
Since the incident, the owner of the house owner, Jilu Rehman, is absconding along with his family members. Police have arrested a woman, who is his relative.
Local people alleged that absconding Rehaman is a local unit member of the ruling Trinamool Congress and that is why nobody used to dare confront him despite several outsiders visiting the house frequently.
Following preliminary investigation, CID investigators are of the view that the explosive raw materials were being used to make high intensity bombs.
This is the second illegal bomb making unit that has come to light in Bengal in about three months. On 6 May this year, an illegal bomb making unit had come to light at Brahamanbar village, Pingla in West Medinipur, again following an accidental blast.