Raw material for explosives has been seized from a spot in Kanpur where two men were killed in a bomb blast, police said on Monday. Rajiv alias Piyush Mishra and Bhupinder Singh were killed while making crude bombs on Sunday afternoon.
On Monday, police recovered some crude hand grenades, lead oxide, red lead, potassium nitrate, bomb pins, timers and batteries from the spot, inside a hostel in Kalyanpur area of Kanpur, about 80 km from Lucknow.
"S.S. Mishra used to run a private hostel in his house and the dead include his son Piyush and his friend," A.K. Singh, Kanpur senior superintendent of police, told IANS.
Piyush came home with Bhupinder and asked the residents of the hostel to vacate the rooms on the pretext of checking the electric wiring. As soon as the occupants left the hostel, a massive blast took place, he added.
"The recovery of timer device and prohibited explosive raw material indicates a major terror plot and police teams have begun a probe," S.N. Singh, inspector general (Kanpur zone), told IANS on phone.
Bhupinder used to run a photo studio in the Sarvoday Nagar locality of Kanpur and his shop was close to the city's popular J.K. temple, police said.
"Many people visit this temple on Janmashtami and as his shop was close by, we suspect the explosives were meant to spread terror during Sunday's celebrations," a police official said.