Police seized a huge storage of explosives from a building at West Bengal’s Birbhum District here on Tuesday. N Sudheer Kumar, district superintendent of police, informed that acting upon a specific information they carried out raids at a particular household at Bahadurpur area.
The seized explosives include 50,000 detonators and 11,000 gelatine sticks. Along with that a person named Seikh was also arrested. “Upon searching the house and vehicles, we have seized 50,000 detonators and 11,000 gelatine sticks and arrested one, Anarul Sheikh aged 30-plus. He will be produced at the court tomorrow,” N Sudheer Kumar told DNA.
District police sources said that the explosives which included huge quantity of ammonium nitrate were suspected to have been from explosive stocks of stone quarries of the area. Two vehicles, which police suspect were being used to ferry these explosives, have also been seized.
“Investigation during the Burdwan blast case revealed that Birbhum has a good presence of Jihadi terrorists and several Islamic terrorists were nabbed from the district in subsequent operations,” a top police official said reported TNIE.
The police is investigating any connecting of this explosive storage with terror outfits. They would pray for full-time custody of Anarul Sheikh and are expecting to collect important information from him. Police suspects that after crackdown on terror outfits and illegal arms dealers in Bangladesh, many of them may have slowly shifted to West Bengal.
Earlier this year in February, the police had recovered a similar cache of explosives from an abandoned house at Birbhum District’s Md Bazar area. Frequent haul of explosives from the area has become a matter of concern for the district administration and local residents.