Bombs, fire arms recovered from CPM office, 10 held

A cache of bombs and fire arms were recovered from a CPM office at Arambag in Hooghly Saturday afternoon.

Local Trinamool Congress supporters attacked the office and beat up CPM cadres, prompting the police to intervene. The police later locked up the CPM office.

The CPM district leadership alleged that the weapons were planted in their office by Trinamool cadres as part of the ruling party's plan to send behind bars the CPM activists who were involved in party activities despite threats from the Trinamool. Ten persons have been arrested in this connection, police said.

Sukumal Das, inspector in-charge of Arambag police station, said the police got a tip off about presence of weapons and explosives at CPM's Arambag zonal committee office located in the heart of the town. Policemen accompanied by a magistrate raided the office and recovered 60 bombs and two fire arms, he said.

As the news spread to neighbouring areas, local Trinamool supporters thronged the place and attacked the party office shortly after the police left. They also beat up some CPM cadres. One of them, Raju Malik, was shifted to a local hospital with injuries. Police arrested ten CPM supporters on charges of keeping explosives at the party office. When CPM MP from Arambag Sakti Mohan Malik came to the site, he was gheraoed by Trinamool cadres and later rescued by the police. Swapan Nandi, a local Trinamool leader said, "The CPM is trying to create fresh trouble in Arambag ahead of the Panchayat polls. Earlier, they had captured panchayats using goons and guns. Thy are trying the same this time too."

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