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Country bomb recovered

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The police have recovered a country bomb found at the old railway quarters near the railway station at Valantharavai, which witnessed gang rivalries resulting in murder of four people, including a double murder last year.

The local police with Crime Squad and Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad recovered a ‘live country bomb’ on Tuesday and shifted it to a safe place in the Armed Reserve Police quarters.

Superintendent of Police Omprakash Meena said the bomb would be defused with permission of local Judicial Magistrate Court after registering a First Information Report (FIR). Preliminary investigation revealed that the bomb might have been procured by one of the two gangs, headed by Bas alias Baskaran and Dharma.

The police launched a search in the village and secured at least eight people, who were members of both gangs, SP said. He said after the police received inputs that Dharma gang might strike again to revenge the murder of Dharma’s brother Karthik and his friend Vikcy alias Gundu Vicky, the police intensified patrolling since October 1 and posted picketing in the village.

After seizure of the bomb, picketing has been posted at four places in the village with deployment of about 50 policemen, he said. The picketing would continue for the next four or five days.

After Dharma gang murdered supporters of Baskaran in May last year, Baskaran gang, in an act of vengeance, murdered Karthik and Vicky after hurling a country bomb inside the Collectorate complex in October, 2018.

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