Reds planted 36 bombs in school building

The Times of India, April 11, 2014

PATNA: The members of CPI (Maoist), on April 9 night, had allegedly planted 36 cylinder bombs in the building of Narottampur High School under Kajra police station in Lakhisarai district. While 28 bombs exploded in the school building in the early hours of Thursday, eight bombs were recovered and defused by the bomb disposal squad.

According to sources, CRPF and BMP personnel deployed for election duty in Jamui parliamentary constituency were staying at the school building for the last couple of days. The security personnel left the school building on Wednesday morning as the polling in Jamui was on Thursday.

“The Maoists planted four cylinder bombs in each of the nine rooms of the school where the security personnel were staying. The Maoists might have thought that they would fire at the security personnel if they came out of the building during the bomb blasts. However, the Naxalites did not know that the forces had already left for poll duty in Jamui,” said police sources.

Lakhisarai SP Ashok Kumar said, “Cops recovered three live cylinder bombs planted on the road in front of the school building on Thursday. Five more bombs were recovered from the school building on Friday. The bomb disposal squad on Friday defused all the eight live cylinder bombs.”

The SP added that the bomb explosions left the school building heavily damaged. “The security personnel will camp in other parts of the building and the damaged portion will be repaired soon. The school premises has been sanitized by the bomb disposal squad,” said the SP.