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Fifteen low-intensity crude bombs were found near a police outpost in the Dariyapur area on Saturday, prompting the police to launch a probe. An official of the city police control room said that 15 tobacco cans, wrapped in a brown adhesive tape, were spotted near a garbage dump close the police outpost. After an examination of the bombs by the forensic experts and Bomb Disposal Squad, the police said that someone had tried to make the bombs out of fire crackers and sharp objects like glass pieces.
Additional Commissioner for Sector 2, Ashok Kumar Yadav said, “We have launched a probe to nab the culprits.” J K Bhatt, the Joint Commissioner of Police, Crime branch said, “We have found fire cracker bombs, used during Diwali, and sharp objects, like glass pieces, inside each of the tobacco cans. These crude bombs are of very low quality. Experts told us that such shabbily-made crude bombs would inflict no injury on explosion.”
He added, “It seems like a mischief during the festive season. There is no reason for the citizens to fear. Following the incident, Congress MLA from Dariyapur constituency, Gayasuddin Sheikh has demanded a probe into the recovery of the bombs. In his letter sent to the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of the Gujarat State Election Commission, Sheikh demanded a round the clock police patrolling in Dariyapur area and installation of CCTV cameras to keep watch on anti-social elements.
He wrote, “Gujarat has not witnessed communal riots for long. And the state BJP government has been taking credit for curfew-free Gujarat. But with assembly elections approaching, it seems some people are trying to spoil the communal harmony to polarise the electorates for political gains. The recovery of crude bombs is an indication of that.”
Sheikh added, “I met Ahmedabad Police Commissioner on September 30 regarding the Muharrum procession. At that time, I told him that BJP is trying to disturb peace to win elections in Dariyapur. I requested him for round the clock police patrolling in the area to prevent any untoward incident in Dariyapur.” He added that earlier, on the eve of elections, either some bomb blast would take place or communal riots would be engineered or some encounters happened. “It resulted into polarisation and affected the outcome of elections,” he said.
“As the elections are due in December, the recovery of bombs even though these have not exploded and caused any harm, are likely to affect the political atmosphere in the constituency. I, therefore, request you to get a proper probe done as to who put the bombs,” Sheikh said in his letter.