A high-intensity explosion took place outside Trinamool Congress office at Kajipara in Nazerbager, Kolkata on Tuesday morning, killing a seven-year-old boy. Police are yet to ascertain the reason of the blast. The area was crowded on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti. The deceased has been identified as Bibhash Ghosh. His mother Basanti Ghosh too have been injured in the blast.
Due to the national holiday, the area was quite cramped and numerous children were playing on the street. The Trinamool Congress blamed the BJP for the blast. The saffron party, however, refuted the allegation. Read in Bengali
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BJP is trying to play divisive politics, claims TMC's Jyotipriyo Mullick
TMC North 24 Parganas district president and state minister Jyotipriyo Mullick, who visited the spot, held the BJP responsible for the blast and said it was aimed to harm Panchu Roy whose office was in the building outside which the blast took place."The blast is an example of deep conspiracy to kill Panchu Roy. This was a very well-planned one. It was a ploy to kill Panchu Roy. They (the BJP) is trying to create unnecessary problems among the people throughout the state. He said, "The BJP is trying to play divisive politics. They are shouting against the incident in Islampur but trying to kill Roy here."
Visuals of the kin of those deceased and injured during the blasts
The kin of those killed and injured in the Kolkata blasts mourn over the incident and express sorrow. Many people broke down at the police station and hospitals; the toll of injured remains at 10 whereas one minor kid lost his life.
2014 Kolkata bomb blast: Similarity or just co-incidence?
A similar incident occurred four years ago, on October 2, 2014, when a blast at Khagragarh in Burdwan killed two people inside a house where they were manufacturing local bombs.
'TMC leaders are having a mania to blame BJP whenever something happens': BJP leader Dilip Ghosh
While TMC is blaming BJP as the perpetrators behind the incident, the latter has refuted the allegation. State BJP leader Dilip Ghosh said, “TMC leaders are having a mania to blame BJP whenever something happens. We have seen blasts have taken place inside and outside TMC office even in the past. This incident is very unfortunate and it is very disturbing that even the main city is not secure.“
Police say explosion was a high-intensity blast, four critically injured, 6 others admitted in hospital
West Bengal: Police says, "It was a high-intensity blast. 4 people seriously injured, 6 injured. Found some iron nails but can't ascertain cause of blast yet as there is no smell of gunpowder."; Visuals of CID bomb disposal squad at site of explosion in Dum Dum's Nager Bazar area pic.twitter.com/S06xWaGvi7— ANI (@ANI) October 2, 2018
TMC allege blast was a preplanned attack
Local TMC MLA Purnendu Basu said, “TMC leaders normally sit there in morning hours every day. I have seen the socket and the samples look like it was a planned high-intensity blast. This can’t be done by the CPM, Congress or TMC. It is definitely a plan of BJP and RSS.”
Whereas, CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty condemned the incident and attacked state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee saying, “Everyday some or the other incidents are happening. We don’t want London, can she (Mamata Banerjee) give us a secured Bangla.”
Initial investigation suggests explosion caused by socket bomb
As per initial investigation, ammonium nitrate was used in carrying out the low-intensity blast outside the building. “It was a socket bomb explosion. Forensic team and the bomb squad of CID are examining the spot. We have started further investigation,” a police officer said. The police have found some iron nails but can't ascertain cause of blast yet, as there is no smell of gunpowder.
Nature of blast unknown; one child dead, 10 injured
Seven-year-old has been killed in the blasts who has been identified as Bibhash Ghosh apart from 10 others who were injured. The injured include mother of the deceased kid. While speaking to The Indian Express, Barrackpore Commissioner Rajesh Kumar Singh said, “Unfortunately a kid has expired and at least ten persons have been injured”. The police are yet to ascertain the nature of the blast.
An explosion set off in Kolkata's Nagerbazar on Tuesday morning
An explosion early morning at 9:30 am outside a building that houses the Trinamool Congress office in the crowded Nagerbazar shook their entire area. On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti today, the place was jam-packed and kids were out on the streets playing. The office is the workspace of South Dum Dum Municipality chairperson Panchu Roy who alleged that it was a pre-planned attack. Keep reading for all the latest updates.