34 bombs recovered from South Kolkata clubs

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Apr 30, 2016 15:53 IST
Security personnel patrol during the 5th phase of West Bengal Assembly elections in Kolkata on Saturday. (PTI/Photo for representation)

The police, along with the central forces, on Friday searched various clubs under Bhawanipore, and Ballygunge constituencies and recovered 34 bombs from the premises. The recovery occurred a few hours before the crucial fifth and penultimate phase of polls is underway.

The cops, who were accompanied by sniffer dogs, recovered the bombs from Tiljala, Alipore and Chetla.

They suspect that these bombs would have been used to create trouble during Saturday’s elections. The police later arrested Ajay Mondal in connection with the recovery.

The police also came to know the names of the rowdies close to a Trinamool Congress leader from Tiljala who had allegedly kept some bombs inside a club on Tiljala Road.

The Election Commission instructed the police to search the clubs in these constituencies after the Opposition parties complained that many outsiders have gathered for Saturday’s elections.

The police first recovered 10 bombs from Tiljala. Then, they recovered another 14 from the terrace of a club in Chetla. Finally, another 10 bombs were recovered from Alipore.

The police later searched almost all the clubs in these two constituencies.

The EC has also issued specific instructions that all undertrials and convicted felons should be monitored inside the correctional homes so that they cannot influence voters.

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