The entire area was cordoned off and the members of the bomb disposal squad (BDS) conducted a search operation along with the sniffer dogs.
The shopping mall was evacuated, while the cops conducted a search operation inside the mall. However, no one was arrested or detained for questioning.
“Someone kept a crude bomb in the area that exploded. We found another one, which did not explode. A probe has been started,” said DP Singh, deputy commissioner of police, central division.
“The impact of the blast was limited to an area of 20-feet radius. Charcoal and potash were used to make the bomb,” said Pallabkanti Ghosh, joint commissioner of police (Crime) Kolkata Police.
Between 12 and 12.10pm, the locals heard a blast which led to panic in the area. The area is close to Bowbazar police station.
“I was standing near a shop. Suddenly, I heard a loud sound and the area was engulfed in smoke. At first, we thought it was caused by a short circuit as the blast took place under a transformer. But when we went to the spot, we found a broken container of khaini,” said Mohammed Selim, a local.
The police has ruled out any terror links.