Farmer near Mumbai finds live bomb from World War 2 era while tilling his field
Officials suspect the bomb dates to World War 2 when the British had an ammunition dump at Wada, where it was foundUpdated: Apr 26, 2018 15:36 IST
Mahendra Shankar Patil, a farmer from Wada in Palghar district, around 83km from Mumbai, was shocked when stumbled across a bomb while tilling his field in preparation for the monsoon, on Wednesday afternoon.
In a panic, Patil, who lives in Devli village in Wada taluka, called the local police, who along with the tehsildar, rushed to the spot, and discovered that it was in fact a live bomb.
“I was tilling my land where I plan to grow paddy when suddenly I hit upon a hard object and heard a “twang” metallic sound. I got scared as it looked like a bomb. I called out to the other farmers who were working in the adjoining fields, and then I called the police,” Patil said.
Soon, Sudam Shinde, senior police inspector of Wada police and Wada tehsildar Dinesh Kurhade reached the spot and established that it was a bomb, in fact a live bomb that needs to be defused. “It is a live bomb dating back to the British era,” said Vithal Gosavi, deputy tehsildar, Wada. “We informed the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad in Thane who came on Wednesday evening, but they were not able to defuse it,” Gosavi said. “We have now written to the Indian Army in Mumbai to send their BDDS squad to defuse the bomb as they have the technical expertise.”
Gosavi said it is likely to be a bomb from the World War 2 period as, at the time, the British had evacuated 13 villages in Wada, including Devli village, and converted the area into a temporary ammunition dump and army cantonment. “We are waiting for the Army to examine the bomb and give more details,” he added.
Policemen have been posted at the field to prevent anyone from getting near the bomb.
First Published: Apr 26, 2018 15:23 IST