THREE DAYS after the police stumbled across a bag containing around 70 live bombs in Malda, two suspects in the case have been arrested. Police have also recovered a huge cache of illegal arms from their possession.
The two suspects, Tarun Ghosh and Mahibur Sheikh, are suspected to be firearm dealers working in English Bazar and Kaliachak areas of Malda district.
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“We have recovered four single barrel long arms (pipe guns), four pistols, three muskets and 24 cartridges from their possession,” said a senior police officer.
On Thursday, 70 live bombs were discovered in a bush next to a mango grove at Chanchal. Police have maintained that increasing cases of arms recovery is linked to incidents of gangwar in the area. “Like Jadupur and Mojampur in
Kaliachak and Chandrapara and Goalpara areas in Chanchal have often witnessed gangwars between alleged gangsters Ruhul Amin alias Junior and Kubed Ali,” said a police officer.
Gangwar, police said, is a prevailing problem in the area. On October 21, 33-year-old Tasiur Rahman died allegedly while manufacturing bombs. Mohammed Tuku Sheikh, his uncle, has since alleged that some criminals of Junior’s camp killed Tasiur.
“Tuku Sheikh was attacked with sharp weapons by some miscreants the very next day,” an officer said.