Blast in Lalgarh on eve of Chidambaram`s visit

Last Updated: Saturday, April 3, 2010 - 23:41

Kolkata: Suspected Maoist guerrillas triggered a landmine blast in rebel-hit Lalgarh in West Bengal`s West Midnapore district Saturday, a day ahead of union Home Minister P Chidambaram`s visit to the area, police said.

The blast in Bamal village, a few km from Lalgarh town, created a four-feet crater on the road.

"Raids are on in the area. They (the Maoists) may have triggered the blast," West Bengal police chief Bhupinder Singh told a news agency.

Television channels said three-four Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers were injured in the blast. Bhupinder Singh said he had no such information.

Chidambaram is scheduled to visit the Lalgarh belt, about 200 km west of the metropolis, Sunday to review the operation being conducted by the joint forces comprising central paramilitary troopers and state armed police since last June to flush out the left wing extremists from the area.

Bomb scare at airport ahead of Chidambaram`s visit



An abandoned bag at the domestic
lounge of NSC Bose international airport here created a bomb
scare today, an hour ahead of Union Home Minister P
Chidambaram`s arrival from Itanagar, but nothing was found
inside it.



Airport sources said a passenger detected the black
coloured bag lying near the conveyor belt of the lounge and
immediately informed the police who called bomb squad
personnel.



Nothing was found inside the bag which was left behind
by mistake by its owner, identified as R R Sen.



They said Sen, who landed here by an Indigo flight
from Bangalore, rushed back from the taxi stand to collect his
bag.



With PTI & IANS inputs



First Published: Saturday, April 3, 2010 - 23:41
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