ONE PERSON was killed and at least six others sustained injuries when a room, where crude bombs were allegedly being made, exploded at Jafrabad village in Murshidabad district’s Samsherganj area late Sunday.
The deceased has been identified as Shaukat Sheikh (32). A resident of Sulitala village, Shaukat was reportedly a Trinamool Congress worker. It has been alleged that he was making crude bombs along with the others when one of the bombs went off.
Fitu Sheikh, the owner of the house where the alleged bombs were being made, is absconding, said police.
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Sources said that Fitu had bought the property about six months ago. Locals said around eight to nine persons came over to the house at 10 pm on Sunday, following which the explosion took place.
According to eyewitnesses, the impact of the blast damaged a part of the house. Several injured persons were removed from the spot before police arrived, they claimed.
However, Murshidabad SP P Sudhakar said: “While one person had died in the blast, there is no report that anyone has been injured.”