Kohima, Sept. 18: The recovery of a suspected World War II bomb, weighing around 90kg to 100kg, in Kohima village today created panic and chaos among the denizens of the state capital.
While many such relics of the war have been found in the past, this is perhaps the biggest. A sad reminder of World War II — another five live hand grenades and a rusted helmet were found in the Raj Bhavan compound while digging the garden on September 14.
Dominic Yazokie, deputy director of Raj Bhavan, today said the bomb was handed over to the bomb disposal squad for diffusing.
The site of Raj Bhavan in Kohima was the main battlefield during World War II between Allied Forces and the invading Japanese force.
“In the past, too, huge quantities of hand grenades, rifles, soldiers’ kits and others were found, besides human skeletons during the construction of buildings on the Raj Bhavan compound,” Dominic said.
The battle of Kohima during 1944-46 was one of the deadliest wars in history.
It may be recalled that World War II caused widespread death and destruction throughout the world.
Estimates vary, but more than 6-crore people died making it the deadliest conflict in human history.
Several unexploded bombs have been found in the past in the state and many innocent lives have been lost since the end of World War II because of bomb explosions in Kohima.
Last year in November unexploded bomb weighed nearly a quintal and measured about 3 feet 11 inches was recovered near TM Government High School, Kohima, while building a wall.