Two persons were killed and three others, including a woman, injured in an explosion in a three-storey building, where huge quantity of firecrackers were stored, in a village under Naini police station area of the district. The explosion brought down a portion of the building.
According to the police, the incident occurred in the building owned by Ramanand Pandey, a resident of Chak Raghunathpur village, located on the Allahabad-Mirzapur highway, around 10am. Ramanand, a priest, was not in the building at the time of the incident.
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Two of the rooms on the ground floor of the building was rented out — one to Mehtab Alam (35), and the to Ramanand’s brother-in-law Chandan Tiwari. “Both Mehtab and Chandan were buried alive under the debris. Another tenant, Komal Kesarwani (20) and her brother sustained injuries. They have been admitted to Swaroop Rani Nehru Hospital,” said circle officer (Karchhana), Brij Nandan Rai.
Rai added that Mehtab used to sell crackers during marriage processions. “Apparently, he was stocking material for Diwali. The explosion appears to have occurred in that stock. He had been living on rent there since December, 2014. Komal and her family were tenants in another portion of the building, owned by Ramanad’s brother Brahmanand. Ramanand’s wife also sustained injuries, but she is safe,” he added.
Meanwhile, forensic teams and Crime Branch officials also reached the spot to ascertain and examine the nature of the explosives.