A blast rocked a congested suburb in north Kolkata on Tuesday, leaving a six-year-old boy dead.
Bibhas Ghosh died around three hours after the blast at SSKM Hospital, just three days short of his seventh birthday, while his mother Sita was battling for life.
Eight other people were injured in the “crude socket bomb explosion” that took place around 9 am outside a residential building, in front of a shop at Kajipara in Nagerbazar area, police said.
Barrackpore Police Commissioner Rajesh Kumar Singh said a suo motu FIR has been registered.
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A forensic team and bomb squad examined the sites and collected samples. Police are still investigating the cause of the blast but TMC leader and South Dumdum municipality chairman Panchu Roy, whose office is located in the building, has claimed that he was the target. Roy, however, did not specify why he was targeted or by whom.
Local residents said the bombs were kept inside a jute bag under a fruit stall on the ground floor of the building. “I thought it was a gas cylinder blast and rushed down to see people lying on the road with blood all over, and the boy badly injured. His mother, too, was lying in pool of blood,” Akarshan Gan, a resident of the building, said.
Of the nine people admitted to the state-run R G Kar Medical College Hospital and SSKM Hospital, three are critical.
At R G Kar Hospital, Mograhat resident Ajit Haldar, a fruit vendor, is undergoing treatment for critical injuries. The blast took place in front of his shop on the pavement. His relative Jhuma Haldar said, “We came to know about the incident through the news and then police informed the family.”
Subhram Dey, a resident of Green Park in Lake Town, sustained injuries while he was passing by. He had to be shifted to the Bhangor Institute of Neurology after his condition deteriorated.