A BOMB scare gripped the Residency area housing top government officials after the discovery of a grenade near the bungalow of Divisional Commissioner Ashok Das.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, Additional Superintendent Police (ASP) Manoj Shrivastav said that the grenade was discovered at about 8.15 am by staff of the Collector’s bungalow working on the green belt fence. The grenade was lying near the culvert on the road towards the Judges’ Bungalows near the outside fence of the Divisional Commissioner’s bungalow.
The alarmed staff immediately sprang into action and informed Lokayukta SP P S Bisht who was passing by. Looking at the gravity of the situation Bisht relayed a message on his wireless set to Police Control Room. A bomb disposal squad led by A K Dwivedi and forensic team (FSL Party) led by Dr Sudhir Sharma along with a police party immediately reached the spot.
Shrivastav said that the grenade was not technically a bomb, as it was only a case (outer portion) and missed the vital ingredients of pin, hammer, related mechanism and powder required in an explosive. The badly corroded grenade shell is of 1980 make and fits the universal generic physical structure of hand grenades used the world-over by military, paramilitary and police forces.
Incidentally, this is the third such incident in recent times with two grenades having been found from a culvert near Bhandari Mill minutes before a public gathering to be addressed by former Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani and more recently by Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) staff during a cleaning drive at Yeshwant Sagar from near the siphons.
The police have not found any co-relation between the three incidents in which harmless grenades were found, nevertheless a police inquiry has been ordered. Special watch is being kept on persons who may possess such antiquated arsenal pieces, such as scrap dealers and those with dubious character living near military and police firing/training grounds.