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Another live World War II bomb found in field near Mumbai

Labourers were pruning the field in Wada in preparation for the monsoon when they hit upon an iron object

mumbai Updated: Apr 28, 2018 12:06 IST
Ram Parmar
Ram Parmar
Hindustan Times
The bomb dating back to World War II found in a field in Sasane village in Wada, Palghar.(HT)

Two days after a live World War II bomb was found by a farmer in Wada in Palghar district, another live bomb was found in Wada on Friday.

The bomb was found on a small hillock located in the field of another farmer in Sasane village. The first bomb had been found in Devli village, about 3 km from Sasane. Sandbags have been placed around the bomb as a temporary arrangement, until the Army’s bomb disposal squad from Delhi arrives, to diffuse the bomb next week.

Dinesh Kurhade, tehsildar, Wada, said that on Friday afternoon, labourers were pruning the field belonging to Praful Gawli, in preparation for the monsoon when they hit upon an iron object in the field. They informed the Wada police, who examined the object. Kurhade said it was a live bomb. Confirming the same, senior police inspector Sudam Shinde of Wada police station, said, “We have deployed some armed men at the spot and put up sandbags around the bomb as a preventive measure.”

“As we have already written to the Army’s Delhi bomb squad, we will also take the army men to the Devli as well as Sasane villages, where the two bombs were found,” Shinde said.

Jayesh Shelar, a resident of Wada, said many empty shells and unexploded bombs may lie abandoned inside a closed furnace company in Ambitgar, located nearby. The iron scrap had been imported to India in containers during the Second World War, purchased by scrap dealers in Thane district and brought to furnace companies to melt the iron, he said.

Earlier, there had been reports of blasts in private scrapyards in Wada, following which the Thane Rural police had collected the explosives scrap and dumped it in the closed company at Ambitgar. “We do not know whether the two bombs found in the last two days belong to the explosives scrap,” said Shelar.

“We are waiting for the Army personnel to get confirmation in this regard and also to diffuse the bomb,” Kurhade said. He added that the British had set up firing ranges at 13-15 villages in Wada including Devli and Sasane during World War II. They may have tested some bombs, and some may have remained intact, he said.

First Published: Apr 27, 2018 18:43 IST