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Six killed in Mathura blast

Six persons, including a four-year-old child were killed and 10 people were injured near Mathura’s Janam bhoomi sansthan when a bottle-shaped live bomb exploded when it was being cleared for its scrap. The hammer used to break the bomb also spilt into pieces.

india Updated: Apr 14, 2010 20:58 IST
Bhavna Wal

Six persons, including a four-year-old child were killed and 10 people were injured near Mathura’s Janam bhoomi sansthan when a bottle-shaped live bomb exploded when it was being cleared for its scrap. The hammer used to break the bomb also spilt into pieces.

The incident occurred today in Nai Basti area creating panic in the area. The locality, comprising mainly scrap dealers, is barely 150 m away from Janmbhhomi area, a hot spot for tourists. The army and police reached the spot following the blast to take stock of the situation. Two other live bottle-shaped bombs dunmped in water fileld ditches and another lying in the open were also recovered by the anti- bomb disposal squad.

As per reports, the locality of Nai basti is situated on either sides of the tracks from where the Mathura Vrindavan train-bus passes. The locality is mainly inhabited by scrap dealers and fruit vendors who are mainly involved in segregating metal from scrap. The scarp is obtained from the army.

On Wednesday afternoon, a blast occurred in front of a scarp dealer’s house, Ansar. It is said that while the scrap was being cleared for metal, one of the bombs which was live and not defused exploded. In the blast, residents Mohd Zahoor’s 28-year-old son, Sanoo, Amro’s 25-year-old son Shamshad, four year-old Muskan aka Gulistan died. The injured included Ansar’s son Aamir, Shakeel, 32-year-old Shamshad, farida, Javed, seven-year-old Sahil, three-year-old Rizwan, seven-year-old Gulfasa, five-year-old Armaan and two-year-old Israt were injured.

The injured were referred to SN Medical College (SNMC) after being admitted to district hospital in mathura. Talkking to HT Live CMS of SNMC, Dr Sunharilal, said of the five referred, two already died on the way whiel from Mathura, one died at SNMC. Of the two, they had received serious head injuries and one person’s legs had to be amputated. They were serious, the CMS said.

With the blast occurring near the railway tracks ferrying the Mathura-Vrindavan railbus, the railways have decided to cancel the railbus. No damage was caused to the tracks.

As per reports the blast occurred barely an hour before the railbus passes the area. It starts from mathura station at 3:22 pm for Vrindavan and passes the nai basti area at 4 pm.

According to the railway station manager PL Meena, the bus had to be cancelled in the noon hours itself. As the locality, which is railway land, has been encroached upon, there is the massive issue of encroachers. RPF in charge BK Sharma said he has no instructions on the encroachments issue.