A seven year old was killed and 10 others injured in a high intensity blast in Nagerbazar, Kolkata on Tuesday morning. The incident occurred outside the Trinamool Congress office at half past 10, sources quoted by Indian Express stated.
The said area comes under the jurisdiction of the Barrackpore Commissionerate. IE quoted Barrackpore Commissioner Rajesh Kumar Singh as saying, “Unfortunately a kid has expired and at least ten persons have been injured.”
Fire officials, CID and a bomb squad rushed to the spot. Several injured persons were admitted at R G Kar Medical Hospital.
The deceased has been identified as Bibhash Ghosh (7). His mother Basanti Ghosh, who was one of the injured in the blast, was admitted to the SSKM Hospital.
As per the police sources quoted by IE, the area was quite crowded because of the Gandhi Jayanti holiday and several children were out playing on the streets.
Alleging that it was a preplanned attack, IE quoted local TMC MLA Purnendu Basu as saying, “TMC leaders normally sit there in morning hours every day. I have seen the socket and the samples looks like it was a planned high intensity blast. This can’t be done by the CPM, Congress or TMC. It is definitely a plan of BJP and RSS.”
CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty condemned the incident and said, “Everyday some or the other incidents are happening. We don’t want London, can she (Mamata Banerjee) give us a secured Bangla.”
The TMC has accused BJP of playing a hand in the incident. However, State BJP leader Dilip Ghosh said, “TMC leaders are having a mania to blame BJP whenever something happens. We have seen blasts have taken place inside and outside TMC office even in the past. This incident is very unfortunate and it is very disturbing that even the main city is not secure.“