The West Bengal government is trying to put in place a system by which perfumes and deodorants arriving as gifts at the residences or offices of dignitaries and senior officials are not opened there.
This is in view of an advisory sent by the union ministry of home affairs (MHA) that such stuff could be explosive substances. A light pressure on the nozzle is sufficient to cause an explosion.
“We received the perfume bomb alert from the ministry of home affairs. This is altogether a new kind of deadly weapon.
Terrorists are constantly adopting new techniques to camouflage bombs. We are putting in our best efforts to prevent such attacks,” Virendra, director (security), West Bengal, told Hindustan Times on Monday.
Pakistan-based terrorists have developed such containers, which look genuine, the alert has warned.
It has been sounded off in the July issue of the VIP Security Digest, prepared by the ministry.
“In the present scenario, one cannot assume even innocuous-looking items (to be) safe. Security personnel should suspect everything which passes through their sight, and check everything thoroughly,” the MHA digest said.
The state government is also planning to procure advanced equipment to detect explosives.