A day after bombs were hurled near Bharatiya Janata Party MP Arjun Singh’s house in North 24 Parganas, director general of CRPF Kuldiep Singh told News18 on Thursday that the “bomb culture” in Bengal is a reality and that forces have been deployed just to ensure such incidents do not happen. Singh, a Bengal cadre officer who took charge as the head of the Central Reserve Police Force on Wednesday, said, “It is not an accusation (that the state has a bomb culture)…These kinds of bombs—petrol, sutli, etc— are manufactured in Bengal during the time of elections for terrorising the public and other things.”
Home minister Amit Shah, in an interview with Network18 in October 2020, had said that there are “bomb-making factories in every district in Bengal”. The statement had sparked much debate and furore. The Trinamool Congress had criticised the remark with its leader Abhishek Banerjee terming it “disgusting poll propaganda” and an attempt to “disturb the social harmony in the state”.