At least six children sustained injuries when a crude bomb exploded near a pond in Ghoorpur area of Allahabad district on Thursday. The condition of three of the injured was reported to be stable but under observation. The police said that the bomb was of low intensity. No case has been registered so far.
Superintendent of Police (Trans-Yamuna) Lallan Rai said that some children of Pawar Gauhania village under Ghoorpur police station had gone to graze the cattle near a pond when the incident took place around 10 am. The pond is nearly 200 metre away from the village. The children got hold of it and were playing. It appears that the explosive material exploded after it accidentally fell down from their hands. Three of the injured children have been taken to Swaroop Rani Nehru Hospital. They have sustained injuries on their limbs and back. However,their condition is reported to be out of danger.
The injured have been identified as – Mausami (12),Sushma (12),Jyoti (10),her brother Anuj (7) and Shashi (6) and Khushi (12),both sisters. Mausami,Sushma and Jyoti have been admitted to SRN Hospital. Anuj,Shashi and Khushi,who sustained minor injuries,were discharged from a local hospital.
The bomb was kept in an empty shoe box that was lying in a two-room structure near the pond. It was constructed for poultry farming,but was not being used. It appears that anti-social elements had hidden the bomb there, said a police officer.
Rai,who got the houses in the village searched for explosives,said that the bomb had been prepared by re-packing the explosives used in Diwali crackers with nails and shrapnels. Although,the incident occurred accidentally,we are conducting searches and trying to locate the culprits. Action will be taken accordingly, said Rai.