Burdwan blast: 3 held, club may have been front for bomb-making unit

Burdwan’s Superintendent of Police Kunal Aggarwal identified the three as Mannan Sheikh, Hussain Sheikh and Sirajul Seikh, alias Moti Mondal.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Published:November 9, 2016 5:52 am

A day after a high intensity blast at a local sports club left one person dead at Katwa Sribati village of Burdwan district, three club members were arrested and booked under Explosives Act.

Burdwan’s Superintendent of Police Kunal Aggarwal identified the three as Mannan Sheikh, Hussain Sheikh and Sirajul Seikh, alias Moti Mondal.

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The CID, which is investigating the case, said the club was likely a front for making crude bombs. CID sources claimed Monti Mondal has confessed that they hired labourers on daily wage to manufacture crude bombs. While nearly 40 crude bombs found at the site were defused on Monday, sources said another 32 were defused today.

The sources said the explosives contained arsenic sulphur and potassium chloride — chemicals used in making crude bombs.
A local resident named Lal Mohan Sheikh, 70, was killed when the debris of one of the club walls fell on him on Monday. The victim’s wife had registered the police complaint.