A live bomb left unattended by the police in Bihar's Aurangabad district exploded on Sunday, killing eight people including seven children and injured 11 others.
The police had recovered the bomb, allegedly planted by Maoist rebels, in Pachochkar village on Saturday. After failing to defuse it, they left it in an open field without any security.
"When the children were passing through the field this morning, the bomb suddenly exploded," superintendent of police Vivek Raj Singh said, without explaining why the bomb was left unattended.
Maoists supposedly planted the bomb to disrupt the last phase of the Assembly polls on Saturday. The blast left the bodies charred and mutilated.
The angry villagers did not allow the police to approach the field after the blast.
"Had the police deputed a guard there, these deaths could have been avoided," said a villager.
Singh and district magistrate Kundan Kumar reached Bedhni nearly eight hours after the explosion, to pacify the locals.
The district magistrate announced a compensation of Rs 1 lakh to the kin of each deceased.
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar ordered a probe into the incident and asked chief secretary to ensure adequate compensation to victims' families.