West Bengal: Explosion in Burdwan, two injured

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: May 09, 2015 14:02 IST

At least two women were injured in an explosion in a house in Burdwan district of West Bengal on Saturday, days after a dozen people died in a powerful blast in West Midnapore.

Sources said the blast was apparently triggered by high-intensity explosives stored in the house in a remote village. The brick walls of the house were damaged and its asbestos roof was blown off by the blast at 9 am.

The injured were taken to a nearby hospital.

Police said they suspected that the house in Begunkhola village was not used to prepare bombs but to store explosives. The house was sealed as part of the investigation.

Late on Wednesday, 12 people were killed when a blast ripped through an illegal fireworks factory in Brahmanbar village of West Midnapore district. The blast came two days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to west Bengal.

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee said the factory made fireworks and ordered a probe by the state CID.

The opposition pointed fingers at the ruling Trinamool Congress and demanded an inquiry by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Leaders from the Congress, Left and BJP said the powerful explosion in West Midnapore was reminiscent of an incident in October 2.


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