Suspected ‘Socket bomb’ attack kills one child; TMC, BJP accuse each other
West Bengal

Suspected ‘Socket bomb’ attack kills one child; TMC, BJP accuse each other

A seven-year-old child was killed and nine people, including his mother, were injured in a low-intensity explosion in front of a multi-storey building at Nagerbazar in Kolkata's northern suburbs on Tuesday, Police said.

TMC North 24 Parganas district president and state minister alleged that the BJP is responsible for the blast and alleged that the Saffron party was aiming to kill South Dum Dum Municipality chairman and TMC leader Panchu Raoy. But BJP state president Dilip Ghosh categorically rejected this allegation.

After visiting the scene, commissioner of Barrackpore Police Commissionerate, Rajesh Kumar Singh, told “We have begun investigation into it and CID's bomb disposal unit is examining the scene to establish the reason and nature of the blast. Preliminary we are suspecting that it was not an incident of LPG cylinder explosion and probably a low-intensity country made socket bomb went off there. We can confirm the exact reason behind the blast after probe".

The official, however, confirmed that no presence of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) had been found at the scene. Ammonium nitrate has been used in the low-intensity blast outside the fruit shop on the ground floor of the building in the congested Kazipara area. Police said that a socket bomb has been used and they are searching for the source of the bomb. (PenNews with input from UNI)