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Inside Kannur’s Bomb-Making Workshops: A Disturbing Reality Unveiled

Revealing the Shocking Truth of Bomb Production Amid Political Tensions

Kannur district in Kerala is once again engulfed in bomb-related political violence. In the early hours of April 5th, a deadly bomb blast rocked the Panur Kaivelikal Muliyathod area. One person was killed and four others were injured. This latest incident has further poisoned the already tense political atmosphere in the state.

The explosion made it clear that the incident occurred during the making of the bomb. Sherrill, a young man, tragically died from severe facial injuries. Another youth, Vineesh, had both his hands brutally severed. Two others were also seriously wounded.

The Panur blast represents a significant political setback for the Communist Party of India (Marxist), or CPM. The deceased and injured were all CPM supporters and photographs of Vadakara candidate KK Shailaja were found at the scene. The Congress party has seized upon the Pannur bomb blast as a campaign issue. UDF Vadakara candidate Shafi Parampil questioned, “What effect will the CPM’s use of bombs have on the election? He also asked who the explosive device was intended to target.

Party Denials and Accusations

In response, the CPM Panur Area Committee claimed the party had no involvement in the blast. They said the incident occurred while they were ensuring peaceful elections. The party revealed it had previously rejected Sherrill and Vineesh due to their alleged involvement in an attack on CPM workers.

The modus operandi indicates that the blast was party-sponsored. Shockingly, the Muslim League, Congress, and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) also have implications in homemade bomb-making in Kannur. Even though not to the same extent as the CPM.

The CPM’s “Self-Defense” (SD) forces are believed to be behind the bomb-making operations in the region. BJP leader Vatsan Tillankeri accused them, led by CPM strongman P Jayarajan, of engaging in the production and stockpiling of these explosive devices.

A preliminary police investigation suggests a well-planned conspiracy to manufacture the bomb. All the necessary equipment for a typical bomb-making facility was present at the site, with the explosive-making activities carried out in a remote field, away from prying eyes.

It is not the first time the CPM has been accused of turning those who perish while making bombs for the party into “martyrs.” The party has officially commemorated the death anniversary of individuals killed in similar incidents at Pulliyot in Katirur as “Martyrdom Day.”

The Proliferation of Homemade Bombs

Homemade bombs have become a prominent and pervasive feature of the political landscape in Kannur. The victims range from tea pickers to infants. Major political parties, including the CPM, Congress, and BJP, cannot escape responsibility for this deeply entrenched “bomb politics.” These explosives serve as the primary weapon not only to neutralize opponents but also to silence them.

Bomb Blasts Used to Spread Fear

Bomb blasts are often strategically carried out in the strongholds of rival political parties. It aims to instill fear not only in the opponents but also in the general public. These homemade bomb makers lack expertise, yet they continue to risk lives through their careless and haphazard-making methods.

The Katirur police station area is a key site where various political parties operate secret bomb-making factories in the Kannur district. Locations like Katirur 4th Mile, Ponyam, Nayanar Road, Cheerata, Diamond Muk, and Pulyod have all experienced violent blasts, often under the cover of night. Remarkably, even during the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, these bomb-making activities persisted in the region.

Killer Squads and Self-Defense Groups Coordinate Bomb-Making

In the past, the notorious “Killer Squads” and now the “Self-Defense” (SD) group of the CPM have coordinated these bomb-making operations. This includes recruiting specialized expertise from elsewhere. The party has also cultivated a network of lawyers and medical professionals to support its goon squads. They shield the real accused and plant dummy suspects in bomb-related cases.

Coming to the intricate technical details of the various types of homemade bombs prevalent in Kannur provide insights into the “genius” of the local bomb makers. From the yarn bomb, known for its dense smoke and noise that spread fear, to deadly petrol bomb and the devastating steel bomb loaded with shrapnel, the level of sophistication is alarming.

Bomb Makers’ Techniques

These homemade bomb makers have perfected techniques such as creating hidden compartments within mud walls and tree trunks to assemble the devices. They also employ measures to limit the damage to their own hands in the event of accidental detonation. Former DGP Alexander Jacob has observed that there are “geniuses” in Kannur who can engineer bombs capable of killing people.

Party Support for Bomb Makers

The CPM has allegedly taken steps to institutionalize support systems for its bomb-making operatives. This includes establishing its network of hospitals to provide shelter and treatment for those injured during the violence. The party also has specialized individuals who can expertly create artificial injury patterns to help counter cases.

Homemade Bomb Production as a Cottage Industry

In the late 1990s, when political riots were raging in Kannur, it was common to find people missing hands in party villages. Many lost their lives in bomb-making accidents. Recognizing the technical expertise required, the CPM allegedly provided high-level training to these “chemical workers,” even inviting individuals from other regions to learn the techniques. This has transformed homemade bomb production into a veritable “cottage industry,” with the party providing the necessary support and coordination.

MV Raghavan, who introduced the concept of “Resistance Groups” in the Kannur district as a means of retaliating against political opponents, is traced back to the origins of the “Killer Squads.” These squads later evolved into the more organized and systematic “Killer Squads.” Other parties have also established similar groups, though not as meticulously planned as the CPM’s.

Loyalty to the Party and Support for Families

Once an individual becomes a member of these killer squads, their loyalty belongs solely to the party. In turn, the party provides for the families of those killed during the violence. This includes guaranteeing jobs in the party’s institutions for the martyrs’ children and even collecting and disbursing lakhs of rupees to support the cause.

Shielding Accused and Planting Dummy Suspects

The party has also developed a network of lawyers to establish a “factory of lies,” shielding the real accused and ensuring that even the most egregious cases result in either the dismissal or conviction of dummy suspects. The case of Kodi Suni, a notorious gangster who was able to control his criminal activities from within jail, is a clear example of CPM’s support system for criminals.

Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma is a seasoned Political Journalist with a deep passion for Indian Politics. With over a decade of experience in the field, he has established himself as a trusted… More »

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