Mumbai police diffuse landmines as Goa fails

ARVIND TENGSE, MADGAO | 06 May 2013 01:16 IST

Goa police finally managed to get 22 landmines diffused with the help of experts from Mumbai, which were planted five months ago at a basalt quarry.

The police had located the landmines at Basalt quarry at Dabhal in Sanguem in December last year, but did not have local expertise available to diffuse it.

The Bomb Disposal Squad inspected it, but could not diffuse it, exposing the incompetence Goa has.

Curchorem police had arrested 11 persons, along with 1000 detonators, 100 gelatine sticks, 3 kg ammonium nitrate, fuses and cables from a basalt quarry situated at Bandoli at Dabhal, falling in the jurisdiction of Curchorem police station.

During interrogation, the arrested persons revealed that landmines have been planted in Bandoli.

The bomb disposal squad of Goa police found the 22 landmines planted, but did not know how to diffuse it.

Police Inspector Siddhant Shirodkar had to then go through a lengthy procedure of getting the experts from Mumbai, by getting the district magistrate’s order to summon the experts from Mumbai.

Till then, the police had to cordon the whole area and keep it under surveillance for almost five months.

A three-member team led by Joint Commissioner of Explosives A M Khan arrived today morning and diffused all the landmines within no time.

"This would help us now in strengthening our case,” said PI Shirodkar.

All the arrested 11 persons were released on bail by the Sessions court.

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Our Goa Police need to have a fully trained team for this type of jobs.

1000 detonators, 100 gelatine sticks, 3 kg ammonium nitrate, fuses and cables!

It is dangerous if such things land in the wrong hand!

- Francisco, Goa | 06 th May 2013 15:18

 

"All the arrested 11 persons were released on bail by the Sessions court."

why?

- Nemo, Mumbai | 06 th May 2013 14:27

 

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