Four persons, including two children, were injured in a freak blast that occurred near Army quarters on Monday afternoon.
The incident occurred in the open space close to the quarters where garbage was being burnt after lieutenant colonel Vikas Sharma, on transfer to Srinagar, had almost packed up his belongings for transportation.
Some people close to Indira Gandhi Medical College and hospital (IGMC) here, who heard the blast, stated that the intensity of the blast was very high.
“The intensity of the blast was quite high. The origin was unknown until we saw injured people along with army men in uniform being rushed to the hospital,” said Deepak Kumar who was near IGMC hospital gate.
The blast injured one lieutenant colonel Vikas Sharma (37) his two sons-Aryan Sharma (10) and Shashwat Sharma (4) and one army jawan Manjinder Singh (24).
The injured were immediately rushed to IGMC.
According to Shimla Superintendent of Police (SP) Abhishek Dular, the freak blast was reported near Army residential quarter above IGMC hospital around 12.15 pm.
“The police and State Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) team also visited the spot and picked up samples of the chemical composition for inspection. Possibility of some explosive substance cannot be ruled out,” said Dular.
IGMC deputy medical superintendent Rahul Rao disclosed that all the injured were stable and out of danger.
While the children suffered minor injuries, Vikas Sharma suffered compound fracture in both legs, Manjinder Singh sustained abdominal injuries due to splinters that have been removed said Rahul Rao.
Meanwhile, FSL director Arun Sharma said: "We have picked up projectile pieces from the blast site as they may contain some residue of the unburnt explosive substance to confirm the kind of explosive material."