Srikakulam: Police averted a major tragedy on Thursday when they seized 42 crude bombs during a cordon and search operation at Golla Kanchili village in Srikakulam district.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that the crude bombs were to be used during a clash between two political groups in the village.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Palasa, Sivarami Reddy said there has been a rivalry between Duvva Lokanadham and Dokkari Dhalayya groups in the village for the past few decades. Last year, a violent clash broke out between the two groups in the village.

On specific information about another group clash, police conducted the search operation in the village and recovered crude bombs along with sticks, and stones which were concealed in some houses.

Police suspect that the locals procured crude bombs from neighboring Odisha a few months ago. Cops said some bombs were made locally. Later all the crude bombs were defused.

Police have registered a case against members of both the groups under the Explosive Substances Act.

Earlier two groups have been booked for rioting, but they never used crude bombs. There were reports that crude bombs were used in the village around two decades ago

``We are investigating the case from various angles. Hunt is on to nab the bomb supplier," the DSP added.

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