Three killed in army scrap blast at village near Amritsar

  • Aseem Bassi HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Oct 02, 2014 12:08 IST

Three people were killed and four injured when an explosion ripped through a junk dealer’s house at Gaaziwal Maini, 45 kilometres from Amritsar.

The three persons who lost their lives in the explosion were identified as Harmesh Singh, Ramesh and Swaran Singh. All the three who died on the spot were between the age group of 40 to 50.

The house in which the blast took place belonged to a person named Tarsem Singh, who was a junk dealer and collected scarp from an Army Disposal nearby.

As per the district administration some material disposed off by the army was brought into the house by the three deceased along with others and this led to the high intensity blast.

After the blast took place at around 7:00 PM, Amritsar Deputy Commissioner Ravi Bhagat along with SSP Amritsar (rural) Jasdeep Singh rushed to the spot to overlook the rescue work.

Talking to HT, DC Ravi Bhagat said, “As per initial information, Tarsem Singh worked as a junk dealer and these three persons had brought some material disposed by the army to the house. These three along with few other persons were inside the house when suddenly the blast took place."

The post-mortem of the dead bodies will be conducted on Thursday whereas those injured were hospitalized for treatment.

The DC further added that the army experts and forensic team have been called in to know the exact reason of the blast and also see what other dangerous material was inside the house.

It looks like a ‘bomb’ but the exact report will only come after the experts give their viewpoint.

Meanwhile, SSP Jasdeep Singh said that a case has been registered against owner of the house Tarsem Singh, who is on the run.

All the deceased belonged to different villages and came there with the scarp, SSP said.

Fire Fighters were also stationed in the village for precaution and the entire house was sealed by the police.

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