A “crude explosive” was discovered covered in the ground close Maratha Mandir film close Mumbai Central amid unearthing work for a Metro Rail line Wednesday evening.
Metro authorities promptly reached the nearby police who brought in the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) to look at the substance. Inside, the police discovered old fireworks stuffed into a packaging however without a detonator or metal shrapnel. “It was a crude explosive and very old. The combustible material was also not of very high quality. We called the BDDS to defuse it,” said a police officer.
The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation is building another prepare course in the region, with the station for Mumbai Central set to come up outside the silver screen. The MMRC is right now uncovering the ground to make space for the station premises.
Virendra Mishra, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone III, said the hazardous was discovered covered a meter in the ground. “Earlier there was a toilet block and shops at the side of the road before the Metro acquired the land for construction. The explosive was found below those structures,” he said.
A MMRC official included, “A suspicious substance was found at the site during excavation today. However, due to prompt action by the contractor and his workers, the police were informed. They are now investigating the matter.”