One killed in blast at Trinamool office in West Bengal’s Midnapore district

The incident happened at Makrampur in West Midnapore district. While the Trinamool said blast was caused by a gas cylinder, the BJP said it was a crude bomb stored in the office.

india Updated: Aug 23, 2018 14:10 IST
Koushik Dutta
Koushik Dutta
Hindustan Times, Kolkata
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A Trinamool Congress worker was killed and six other were injured, two of them critically, when an explosion took place in a party office in Bengal’s West Midnapore district on Thursday morning, minutes before a meeting was scheduled to start.(HT photo)

A Trinamool Congress worker was killed and six other were injured, two of them critically, when an explosion took place in a party office in Bengal’s West Midnapore district on Thursday morning, minutes before a meeting was scheduled to start.

The incident took place at 8.45 am at Makrampur in Narayangarh area on NH 60, about 125 km west of Kolkata.

The person who lost his life was identified as Sudipto Ghosh, who is around 40.

The injured were admitted to Midnapore Medical College Hospital.

The sound was so loud that it was also heard from a distance. A part of the party office was completely destroyed by the impact.

Opposition party leaders alleged that Thursday’s blast in West Midnapore was caused by crude bombs stockpiled inside the party office.

“To create an atmosphere of fear Trinamool Congress workers stocked bombs inside their office. Since the process of forming the panchayats started this week, the ruling party supporters needed the bombs to strike fear in the villages,” claimed Samit Dash, BJP district president in West Midnapore.

Responding to the allegation, Trinamool’s West Midnapore district president Ajit Maity, said, “The gas cylinder kept in the party office exploded as our party men were gathering for a meeting. The Opposition is spreading lies to malign us.”

However, pictures from the site showed the LPG cylinder to be intact.

However, Anil Sikaria, a district Congress leader alleged, “The Trinamool Congress had stocked bombs in the party office which exploded resulting in the death and injuries.”

In May 2017, an explosion at Pichkuri village in Ausgram area of Burdwan district flattened office of Trinamool Congress. One person was killed and three injured in the blast.

In February last year, an explosion at the house of a ruling party leader in Kalna in the same district injured three. It took place when crude bombs were being made in the house.

First Published: Aug 23, 2018 13:23 IST