KOLKATA: A 42-year-old stone quarry worker blew up his house with dynamite to 'teach his wife a lesson' after the couple engaged in a bitter quarrel the night before the incident. However, only the worker was critically injured as no other residents were present in the house during the blast.
Residents of Sahapur village in Birbhum district woke up to a loud explosion on Wednesday morning and found Jamir Mollah emerging from the debris of his own house. They admitted him to Siuri district hospital.
According to preliminary investigation, Jamir Mollah, a worker in stone quarry in Pachami in Birbhum district, stole explosives from the quarry with an intention to blow up his own house to teach his wife Sabura Bibi a 'lesson' after the duo had a bitter quarrel on Tuesday night. Both Sabura Bibi and the couple's only son were not at home during the blast.
The incident exposed the easy of smuggling of explosives - used for blasting rocks in the stone quarries -- for anti-social activities. Police are investigating whether Mollah intended to kill his wife or to make her homeless. The explosion comes closely after a huge quantity of explosives including 11,000 gelatin sticks, 50,000 detonators and a large amount of ammonium nitrate were recovered from Bahadurpur village near Pachami quarry in Birbhum district on May 28.
A week before the Bahadurpur seizure, 100 kg bomb-making chemicals were seized in Murshidabad district. Police suspect that the explosives in both the seizures were meant for terror outfit Jamatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), which has increased its footprints in various districts of the state, according to sources in state intelligence agencies.
Police interrogation also found that the conspiracy for the Bodh Gaya blasts were hatched in and the bombs for the terror act were made in Murshidabad.