Cuttack, April 18: A woman employee suffered minor injuries in a crude bomb explosion today at the office of the executive engineer of Mahanadi south division of the water resource department at Jobra. Two unidentified youths lobbed two crude bombs inside the office room in an apparent bid to terrorise government employees.
Police suspect the incident to be the work of a tender mafia, which often arm-twists contractors and engineers to ensure that contracts are awarded to people chosen by them.
The employee, Bharati Sara, 42, who works as a junior clerk, has suffered injuries near her ear and head. She is said to be out of danger.
The incident occurred around 1.15pm when unidentified goons lobbed two crude bombs at the window of the establishment section. One bomb did not explode.
“Bharati was standing near the window when the explosion occurred. Initially I thought that somebody’s mobile phone had burst, but later the entire room was filled with smoke and I saw Bharati holding her head,” said Savita Manjari Mohanty, a senior clerk. Following the incident, Bharati was rushed to SCB Medical College and Hospital and was discharged after preliminary treatment.
According to the employees, the goons could have lobbed the low intensity bomb from the back of Jobra Maritime Museum that shares a boundary with the office of the Mahanadi south division.
“This is the second incident of goons hurling bombs here. Earlier, there was a bombing incident at the Jagatsingpur sub-division office yesterday,” said executive engineer Subrat Das.
According to Das, tenders have been called for nearly 22 projects, including those for the repairs of embankment and canals in Cuttack and Jagatsinghpur districts worth Rs 2 crores.
Official sources said the sale of tender forms had started on April 10 and the tenders were scheduled to be opened on April 21.