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Bombs in leader’s cowshed

Burdwan, April 2: Burdwan police recovered 27 crude bombs and two pipe guns from a cowshed adjoining the house of a Trinamul leader today.

Loyalists of Laltu Sheikh, the secretary of the Trinamul panchayat at Denur in Manteswar, alleged that the bombs had been “planted” by a rival party faction. Laltu has been arrested.

Sources said the two Trinamul factions had been fighting over supply of construction material for projects being implemented under the rural job scheme. Two persons had died in a clash between the factions last month.

Later in the day, the police arrested a youth in a bus in Raina, Burdwan, for travelling with six pipe guns. In Katwa, two youths were arrested with five pipe guns and 21 cartridges. Three guns were found in a bag slung across the handle of an abandoned motorcycle in Memari.

The police said the arms could have been used during poll campaigning.

Cops fired at

Motorcycle-borne persons fired at a police patrol team in a West Midnapore Jungle Mahal pocket 15km from the border with Maoist-infested Jharkhand.

The police team retaliated by firing three rounds but the miscreants fled, leaving behind munitions. Nobody was injured.