Labourers dig up World War II hand grenade

The bomb was discovered by a group of labourers trying to lay the foundation of a Kalyan building

What appeared to be a regular day for a group of labourers turned into a bizarre one, when the group digging a plot of vacant land to lay the foundation of a building in Kalyan (East) on Friday dug up a hand grenade.

What's more, they set it aside under a tree, and resumed work. Only later when a passerby realized what it was, were the police called in.

The bomb was found at a construction site at Kolsewadi's Shaktidham Colony, at around 3 pm, when the labourers dug up more than 15 feet to lay the foundation pillars of a proposed building. The police were informed only after Ashish Shukla alias Sonu, a builder in the locality, realised what the 'strange item' was and raised an alarm.

According to police officials, the bomb could date back to the Second World War period, when a military camp existed in the area. Jagdish Lohalkar, Senior Inspector of Kolsewadi police station, said, "Most of this area was once under the Indian Railways and a military camp used to exist in the vicinity. Perhaps a military officer might have carelessly left it behind." He added that the grenade looked old and was damaged

After learning about the bomb, police officials called in the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS), and along with them, defused the bomb, the following day.

According to Lohalkar, many in the area panicked, because it was discovered close to the 26/11 anniversary. "We tried to pacify the public. We defused the bomb the next day in Nandivali (a nearby area)," he said.

Police officials claim they are observing the site over the possibility that more bombs could be dug up. "We are also trying to find out about its makers and how it landed here," Lohalkar said.

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