New Delhi: West Bengal minister Purnendu Basu on Tuesday blamed the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for Dum Dum nager bazar blast in Kolkata that claimed life of an eight-year-old. “I think this type of blast is similar to the ones carried out by RSS elsewhere,” Basu, a TMC leader and West Bengal Minister was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. Also Read - Durga Puja Pandals Alerted as IMD Predicts Heavy Rain in Bengal Over Next 2 Days
Another Trinamool Congress leader and Chairman of South Dumdum municipality Panchu Gopal Roy claimed that the blast was targeted at him. “I think they tried to target me. Today is October 2, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. We all know which group was involved in Gandhiji’s killing. I will not be surprised if that same group was involved in this blast,” he said. Also Read - PM Modi Flaunts Traditional Bengali Attire Curated by Union Minister Babul Supriyo For Inauguration of Durga Puja Festivities
Reacting over the Basu’s statement, BJP leader Mukul Roy said,”This is a false allegation. If they’re sure of it get an NIA enquiry done. They have the habit of levelling false allegations. It is their political game.” Also Read - West Bengal MBBS Seats Increased to 4,000: CM Mamata Banerjee
Earlier in the day, an eight-year-old boy named Bibhash Gosh was killed and at least nine persons were injured in a crude bomb blast in Dumdum in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district. The blast, which took place around 9 a.m., ripped through adjacent shops, shattered window panes of nearby houses and damaged the pedestrian walk, eyewitnesses said.
“A large explosion took place outside a shop in Nagerbazar area today morning. According to the probe so far, low intensity socket bombs were used in the blast,” Barrackpore Police Commissioner Rajesh Kumar Singh said. According to the officer, the bomb exploding on the solid surface created a tremor which caused the glass window panes of the adjacent multi-storied buildings to shatter.
“We are investigating the matter. The bomb squad of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has visited the spot. Several items including a bag has been seized from the spot and sent for forensic tests. We are still finding out the kind of explosives used in the bomb,” he added.
According to police, at least nine others, including a woman sustained injuries and have been admitted to the state-run SSKM Hospital.