Kolkata: A seven-year-old boy was killed and nine people, including his mother, were injured in a low-intensity explosion in front of a multi-storey building in the Nagerbazar area in Kolkata’s northern suburbs on Tuesday, police said.
“A child, who was severely injured in the blast, has died in hospital. A total of nine people are injured,” Deputy Commissioner of Police, Barrackpore Commissionerate, Ananda Roy said.
As per initial investigation, ammonium nitrate was used in carrying out the low-intensity blast outside the building, which also houses the office of South Dum Dum Municipality chairman Panchu Roy.
“It was a socket bomb explosion. The forensic team and the bomb squad of CID are examining the spot. We have started a further investigation,” a police officer said.
The explosion was reported outside a fruit shop on the ground floor of the building in the congested Kazipara area under the jurisdiction of Dum Dum Police Station around 9 AM, the officer said.
“Initially, we thought it was a gas cylinder blast. But it is not so. We have found a few iron nails but there is no smell of gunpowder,” another senior police officer said.
A low-intensity socket bomb explosion in Kolkata killing an eight-year-old has sparked political controversy in West Bengal. Trinamool Congress leader Roy claimed that he was the target of the blast.
Roy accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh of carrying out the blast. He attends this office every Tuesday.
“This was a planned attack,” Roy said claiming himself to be the target.
“The BJP is making a fuss about Islampur and targeting the chairman in South Dum Dum with bombs,” said Jyotipriya Mallick, a minister in the West Bengal cabinet. He said Trinamool will take care of the injured and the family of the deceased.
Dilip Ghosh, the president of BJP’s State unit, rejected the claims made by Roy and Mallick. “Trinamool Congress itself is behind all the hooliganism in the State,” Ghosh said. He claimed that blaming the BJP was Trinamool’s way of shedding responsibilities.
The ruling party was also attacked by Sujan Chakraborty, a Communist Party of India (Marxist) lawmaker. “It is time that the chief minister quits playing dirty politics and takes care of the people of the state,” Chakraborty said.