Two children were badly injured in an explosion that took place in the house of a CPI(M) worker at Karui village near Katwa in Burdwan on Friday morning. Preliminary investigation revealed that there was stock of bombs in the house and it exploded when the children threw some of those while playing.
Kiran, grandson of CPI(M) worker Samir Hazra, received injuries on both his eyes and his granddaughter Tithi received burn injuries almost all over her body.
Local people rushed out of their house after hearing the explosion and they found the children lying in injured condition inside a room. They took the duo to Katwa sub-divisional hospital, but they were later shifted to Burdwan Medical College after their condition deteriorated.
Police came to know after speaking to local residents that some outsiders often used to visit Hazra, whose father was a member of the erstwhile Karui Gram Panchayat. Police officers found materials which are required to make bombs. The room where the explosion took place has been cordoned off and no one was allowed to enter the place. Police collected samples from the spot for further investigation. Policemen were also posted outside the house.
Police suspect that the outsiders used to make bombs in Hazra’s house and he used to sell those bombs to miscreants later. The local people failed to say that for how many years Hazra was involved in the business, but police suspect that he had been making bombs since 2010.
Police have interrogated some relatives of Hazra in this connection. But they failed to question his family members as they were busy taking care of the children. Hazra had fled soon after the incident took place. Police have initiated search operation for Hazra. CPI(M) members in the locality, however, refused to comment in this regard.