Kolkata: A day after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had a narrow escape when a fire broke out in her hotel room, some explosives were recovered few kilometres away from her rally venue in Birbhum district yesterday, police said.

“We have seized some explosives from under a culvert on the Suri-Bolpur Road. While the chief minister has been travelling in a chopper, the explosives were found few kilometres away from the party rally venue hours before she attended it,” said Birbhum’s Superintendent of Police RM Khan. He said a bomb disposal squad was immediately sent to the spot and five people have been detained in this connection.

Threat to life
“There is a concerted effort to eliminate me because they know they cannot stop me,” Banerjee had said addressing a party rally in Nalhati. The Trinamool Congress, which termed the Malda incident a “deep, devious conspiracy”, wrote to the Election Commission blaming it for the failure to provide security to the chief minister iterating the conspiracy theory.