World War 2 live bomb discovered by farmer while tilling field near Mumbai

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Mumbai: A live bomb was found near Mumbai by a local farmer, Mahendra Shankar Patil on April 26. Patil is a farmer from Wada in Palghar district, around 83km from Mumbai. While tilling his field, he tripped over a bomb on Wednesday afternoon.
After tripping over a bomb in his field, he called the local police. The Police along with the tehsildar rushed to the spot. After reaching the spot the police discovered that it was a live bomb from the British Era. Patil lives in Devli village in Wada taluka.
The farmer told Hindustan Times, β€œI was tilling my land where I plan to grow paddy when suddenly I hit upon a hard object and heard a β€œtwang” metallic sound. I got scared as it looked like a bomb. I called out to the other farmers who were working in the adjoining fields, and then I called the police,” Sudam Shinde, senior police inspector of Wada police and Wada tehsildar Dinesh Kurhade after realising that it was a live bomb, called the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad.
According to a report published in Hindustan Times, Vithal Gosavi, deputy tehsildar, Wada said, β€œIt is a live bomb dating back to the British era.” He further added, β€œWe informed the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad in Thane who came on April 25 evening, but they were not able to defuse it.” The authorities had also written a letter to the Indian Army in Mumbai to send their BDDS squad to defuse the bomb.
Gosavi even confirmed that it was likely to be a bomb from the World War 2 period as, at the time, the British had evacuated 13 villages in Wada, including Devli village, and converted the area into a temporary ammunition dump and army cantonment. The police have taken over the area and not allowing anybody to loiter near the bomb site.

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