Officers of Baruipur police district conducted a raid jointly with Kashipur and Bhangor police in the area around the house of arrested Trinamool Congress leader Arabul Islam and a large number of bombs and materials for making bombs were seized.
Arabul, who was arrested on Friday at the chief minister’s instructions, was produced before the court and remanded in police custody for 10 days.
Meanwhile, the supporters of the Jami Raksha committee, which is spearheading the agitation against the setting up of the Bhangor power grid project on Saturday put up roadblocks in many areas of Kashipur demanding the immediate arrest of Khude, Arabul’s brother, and all the persons involved in Friday’s attack in which a supporter of an Independent candidate backed by the Jami Raksha Committee was shot dead at Natunhat.
The supporters of the committee put up road blocks in Machibhanga, Khamarait and Natunhat, placing logs, bricks and other material on the Haroa road since this morning in protest against the alleged TMC’s attack on the Committee-nominated independent candidates and their supporters.
The houses of Trinamul Congress supporters were allegedly ransacked on Saturday by supporters of the committee.
Hafizul Molla (25) who was taking part in a rally taken out by the Jami Raksha Committee for their contesting candidates contesting in the panchayat elections was shot dead when the former TMC MLA and his followers allegedly opened fire and hurled bombs at them.
On Saturday the Jami Raksha Committee demanded the immediate arrest of Khude and Hakimul, the brother and the son of Arabul Islam, respectively, who the committee claims were directly involved in the incident.
A large police force raided the areas surrounding Arabul Islam’s Uttar Gazipur’s house since this morning. A large quantity of bombs and bomb-making material which were stored underground in a mango garden near his house was seized. A police source said hundreds of live bombs were recovered from the garden.
Tension gripped the area soon after the reports of the discovery of the bombs spread in the villages.
Arabul Islam, the former MLA of Bhangor and the outgoing sabhapati of the TMC-led Bhangor-II panchayat samiti, was arrested from last night at around 10-30 pm after locating his mobile phone’s tower.
Islam, when asked about the incident on Saturday when he was being sent for health check-up, claimed that he was not present at the place of the incident on Friday.
He said at the time the incident happened he had gone to a mosque for Namaz and after returning home at about 6-30 pm he was informed about the incident.
He added that neither he nor anyone of his party was present there at that time.