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Child among two killed in firework explosions in city

Kolkata: A five-year-old boy was among two people killed in firework explosions in separate incidents in the city, police said on Monday.

Adi Das of Haridevpur area in the southern part of the city and 40-year-old Deep Kumar Koley of Kasba area in the eastern part of the metropolis died in explosions of "tubri" (clay flowerpot crackers) during Diwali celebrations on Sunday night, a senior police officer said.

"Both the deceased were hit on the neck by fragments of the fireworks and were declared brought dead upon being taken to different hospitals," he said.

The officer said both of them had suffered immense blood loss due to the impact of the explosions.

The bodies have been sent for post-mortem.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee spoke with two brothers of Koley, a source close to her said.

Banerjee has also spoken with city Commissioner of Police Anuj Sharma and instructed him to find out where the flowerpot crackers were procured from, the source said.

"The chief minister has sought a detailed report on the two deaths," he said.

Meanwhile, police said there could be negligence on the part of the parents of Das while people of the locality claimed that the child was not lighting the firework and was only passing by with one of his relatives when the explosion took place.

Koley, on the other hand, was himself lighting the firework, a police officer said.

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