Kolkata (West Bengal): A seven-year-old child died and 10 others, including a woman and a child, were injured in a “high-intensity” explosion in Kolkata’s Dum Dum area. The explosion took place in front of a multi-storey building in Nager Bazar in Dum Dum, the police said. All the injured have been taken to R G Kar Medical College and Hospital. Also Read - After Odisha, Rare Bright Yellow Turtle Found In West Bengal; Pictures Stun The Internet
One of the injured people later succumbed to his injuries. The blast took place at around 9 AM in front of a fruit shop on the ground floor of the building in the Kazipara area, the police said. A forensic team and sniffer dogs have been sent to the spot to ascertain the nature of the explosion, police said. Also Read - West Bengal: 5 Killed as Boat Capsizes During Durga Idol Immersion in Murshidabad
“It was a high-intensity blast. 4 people seriously injured, 6 injured. Found some iron nails but can’t ascertain the cause of blast yet as there is no smell of gunpowder,” one of the Dum Dum police official present at the blast area said.
A senior officer of Barrackpore City Police Commissionerate said, “Initially, we thought it was a gas cylinder blast. But it is not so. We are trying to find out the details. Forensic experts, along with the CID bomb disposal squad, are examining the area.”
The building, in front of which the blast took place, also houses the office of South Dum Dum Municipality Chairman Panchu Roy. Roy claimed that he was the target of the blast. Speaking to PTI, Roy said, “It was a pre-planned blast… They had planned to kill me and other TMC workers, as it would create panic and help them gain the foothold in the area.”