Two pipe bombs found at Sankar Nagar cement factory in Tirunelveli


Chennai, June 23 (UNI) Two pipe bombs were recovered from the  premises of Sankar Nagar cement factory at Thaazhaiyoothu on 
the outskirts of Tirunelveli city leading to tension. The pipe bombs were found in the premises, which supply cement and construction materials to various parts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, late last night.
Police suspect it as the handiwork of a few contract workers, who were stopped from attending work in view of the restrictions imposed 
by the government following COVID pandemic lockdown which allowed only minimum workforce. 
The pipe bombs were recovered in the back drop of threatening calls received by cement factory officials that bombs would go off in five places if a compensation of Rs 50 lakh was not paid. 
Acting on a complaint from the factory officials, police along with sniffer dogs and bomb disposal and detection squad personnel made a thorough search of the premises and seized two pipe bombs. 
Senior police officials visited the spot and held an inquest. Police have registered a case and are investigating to ascertain the source of the pipe bombs and those who had planted it in the premises.