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Crude bombs recovered

Malda, Feb. 4: Three jute sacks containing about 100 crude bombs were recovered from near a petrol pump in Kaliachak today, a day ahead of the formation of student union at Sultanganj College which had witnessed violence during voting on January 27.

The sacks were spotted in an open space by local people around 7am and they informed Kaliachak police station, around half-a-kilometre away.

Sultanganj College is also located at an equal distance from the spot where the bombs were found. A bomb squad arrived at Kaliachak, 35km from here, around 10am and took the explosives away. The bombs were later destroyed.

Malda police superintendent, Kalyan Mukherjee, said: “The recovery of bombs near the college is a matter of concern. The student union of Sultanganj College will be formed tomorrow and we are making all arrangements to see that there is no untoward incident. There will be adequate police presence around the campus.”

No arrests have been made in connection with the recovery of the bombs.

During the elections at Sultanganj College on January 27, bombs and guns were used outside the campus and a Congress gram panchayat pradhan suffered a bullet injury to his right earlobe. The Trinamul Congress Chhatra Parishad won the polls by bagging 15 out of 21 seats.

Zakir Sheikh, 35, a Trinamul supporter, was arrested today from his home at Masterpara in Sultanganj for his alleged role in the campus violence.

Mukherjee said the police had made four arrests so far in connection with the January 27 violence. “We had started a suo motu case and the arrests are being made by watching video footage of the violence.”