| A police officer examines the spot in Cuttack on Saturday night. Picture by Badrika Nath Das |
Cuttack, Oct. 9: Police and a forensic team today began a probe into the crude bomb explosion at a shop that left six persons injured last night at Sikharpur here.
The forensic experts visited the shop and collected evidences and other residue from the spot. It is suspected that the crude bomb accidentally went off due to manhandling of explosives.
“Today we have verified the spot and recovered various bomb residues including nails and metal chips. It is suspected that the explosion might have occurred while the crude bomb was being prepared,” said forensic officer Lala Chandrakant Chand.
According to the officials, the crude bomb was of low-intensity. All substances found from the spot, including bloodstains recovered from the shop, would be properly examined. Police sources also said two crude bombs were kept inside Shiva Communications’ shop at Nadikula Sahi. Around 8pm, one of them exploded and the articles inside the shop caught fire.
Local residents rushed to the spot and tried to extinguish the fire. Also, another live crude bomb that was recovered from the shop exploded while being shifted by the locals. “I was inside my house when I heard a loud noise. All the family members immediately rushed outside and saw smoke coming out from the shop. Many people had also gathered outside the shop,” said Shyam Sundar Tripathy, an eyewitness.
Tripathy said another bomb was recovered from the shop, which had reopened after 10 days. The bomb fell and exploded while it was being shifted to a safer place by local youths.
Six persons were injured in the second explosion. They were rushed to SCB Medical College and Hospital.
“I was standing outside the shop. The bomb slipped from the hand of the person who was carrying it and a number of people were injured in the blast,” said Shankar Behera, one of the injured.
The local residents have demanded a detailed investigation as they suspect that the mobile phone shop might be the place where bombs are being manufactured.
The police have detained one person in this connection. However, the owner of the mobile shop, Kartik Behera, is still at large.
“We are investigating the matter. It is too early to say whether the bombs were being manufactured at the shop. We are verifying the source of these crude bombs,” said deputy commissioner of police Praveen Kumar.