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Burdwan house was R&D unit of bomb making: Forensic experts

Forensic experts say most of 35 types of chemicals seized from the house are banned.

Written by Madhuparna Das | Kolkata |
October 12, 2014 3:42:33 am
Sacks of burkhas were also found. Sacks of burkhas were also found.

Thirty five types of chemicals, mostly banned in India, that were seized from a Burdwan house, where an explosion killed two persons and left one severely injured on October 2, have led the forensic experts of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) to term the shelter as a ‘R&D’ unit of bomb making.

Besides the chemicals that were found packed in at least 78 bottles, the CID had seized three kgs of pomegranates in two bags, a casing machine, a three foot long scissor and three sacks full of burkhas.

“We have got at least 15 chemicals that are banned in India. All of the 12 branded chemicals they had are banned. Certain reagents or precursors like picric acid are also banned. Since it appears that they had a good stock of these chemicals, it reveals that they had a supply chain for bomb making,” said an official of CFSL.

The chemicals listed in the seizure list includes potassium nitrate, potassium chlorate, urea nitrate, sodium azide, ammonium nitrate , picric acid, ethanol, methanol, acitone and nitrobenzene.

“We are yet to complete the process of sample tests of the seized chemicals. But from the nature of the blast and the chemicals and other articles seized from the spot, it appears that they were conducting several experiments on bomb making,” said Director of CFSL Priyankar Ghosh.

The seizure list also includes a few integrated circuits, over a hundred watches and glasswares. The huge stock of burkhas, scissors and sewing machines indicated that the bomb makers used to dispatch bombs with the stock of clothes, said an official of the bomb squad.

The CFSL has asked the CID to preserve the body of Sobhan Mondal, who was killed in the explosion. His body might be sent for DNA tests since his identity has yet not been confirmed.

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