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Scrap blast near Taj Mahal kills 2

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Agra, April 25, 2013
First Published: 12:28 IST(25/4/2013) | Last Updated: 01:03 IST(26/4/2013)

Two persons including a scrap dealer’s son were killed and the dealer’s mother was injured on Thursday when material being dismantled at a house 3 km from the Taj Mahal exploded.

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The house belonged to the scrap dealer, Sobran Singh.

Senior police officials including special superintendent (Agra) Subhash Chandra Dubey reached the spot along with a bomb-disposal squad. He said the incident was serious and action would be taken.

Following the mishap, the police authorities wrote to the army about the mishap because the explosion occurred in two inactive mortar shells used by the army.

“There was a loud noise at around 10.15am. The reason was unclear but locals rushed to the house, the wall of which was shattered because of the blast,” said Rohit Pal Singh Baghel, a lawyer who lives in the area.

The woman has been admitted to a hospital near the Taj and is reported to be stable.

The residents here gather scrap after the army uses the material in routine practice sessions. These unused and inactive grenades, shells and other parts of armaments provide brass and other material after they are broken open by scrap dealers.


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