Ahead of elections in Bihar, police have seized over hundred kilograms of explosives in the state capital Patna. Bomb squads were sent from New Delhi and Kolkata to Bihar over the weekend to seize the explosives, which are alleged to belong to Maoist rebels of the neighboring state, Jharkhand.
The local police said that they had to call National Security Guards (NSG) from New Delhi and Kolkata to ensure that nobody was affected from the explosives as these were discovered in a residential locality of the city.
“In all, we recovered 12 improvised explosive devices, 52 timer devices, 10 kilograms of ammonium nitrate, two sensors, seven remotes and 100 electric detonators from the lodge in a residential area, ” said Sudhir Kumar Podika, Patna city superintendent of Police to the news agency AFP. He further added, “These bombs, believed to have been brought into the city by the People’s Liberation Front of India, were of moderate to high intensity.” No arrests have been made so far in connection with the case.
The state is gearing up for the elections in September where Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has joined hands with his old rival and ex-Chief Minister of Bihar, Laloo Yadav. Now, the competition is between the two Chief Ministers of Bihar on one side and the popularity of the BJP-led government of the Center on the other side.