The Indian Border Security Force ( BSF) seized 32 kgs of explosives were seized in two different raids from Malda and Murshidabad between Saturday and Monday.
The latest seizure was on Monday, when BSF troops of the 125Bn carried out a special raid near the Churiantpur BOP in the Kaliachak police station area of Malda. Zaizul Haque (23), an Indian national from the local Mohabbatpur village was nabbed with nearly 12 kg of low-intensity explosive. Haque was trying to send the consignment across the border into Bangladesh.
Weapons and explosives are being smuggled into Bangladesh from India with general elections approaching in Bangladesh. The country is witnessing some of the worst political clashes in recent times and vigil has been increased along the international border leading to the seizures, reports ToI.
“There was a similar raid near BOP Nimtita in the Sutia police station area of Murshidabad on Friday. Troops of the 20Bn seized nearly 20 km of low-intensity explosive during the raid. Though of low-grade, the sheer volume could have created much damage,” a senior officer of the SB Frontier said.
On Wednesday, the 125Bn had conducted another raid near Churiantpur and seized pistols, magazines and ammunition and apprehended two Indian nationals. The two were identified as Sakir Hussain alias Bakir (40) and Abu Salam (18). Both are residents of Mohabbatpur village.
“The troops acted on intelligence inputs and caught the two with two pistols, four magazines, 14 rounds of live ammunition, three mobiles and 145 bottles of Phensedyl cough syrup. The two were trying to throw the consignment across the international border when they were nabbed. One of them had been apprehended earlier while trying to smuggle in Fake Indian Currency Notes from Bangladesh. He was named in the FIR. We wonder how he managed to get free,” the officer added.
In 2013, troops of the Malda Sector have seized 18 pistols, 28 magazines and 88 rounds of ammunition. According to sources, these were being sent across to be used in the ongoing violence that has claimed several lives. The situation is so grim there that the United Nations had to intervene and call for peace.