Two boys were injured in Delhi's Noida suburb on Friday in an explosion in a garbage dump in Chaura locality where they were sifting through the refuse.
“Two rag pickers, Monu (8) and Golu (6) were searching through the garbage piled up below a power transformer opposite Chaura village in sector-22, under sector-24 police station," said Amardeep Singh, the public relation officer (PRO) of Noida police.
"As they were searching for usable scrap from the garbage, an explosion took place. Monu lost two fingers of his right hand while Golu sustained minor injuries in his palm and leg," Singh said.
Witnesses said the intensity of the explosion seemed to indicate that it was a crude bomb. The police immediately barricaded the area and kept the public far off from the incident site.
The injured boys were rushed to the district hospital for immediate treatment and the bomb disposal squad was summoned to identify the cause of the explosion.
"The blast seems to be due to a powerful cracker left unused on Diwali festival, and has no terrorist link. However, the real reason could be revealed only after the bomb disposal squad submit its report,” said Superintendent of Police-City, AK Tripathi.