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Bomb attack on BJD leader

Cuttack, June 16: Two incidents of bombings in two locations in the city within a span of five hours have raised concerns over public safety.

Two children were injured in a bomb attack at Jagatpur, while no one was hurt when two criminals lobbed a crude bomb at the house of Biju Chatra Janta Dals district president Smrutiranjan Das at Kanika Chak around 9:30pm yesterday.

I demand an impartial probe into the incident as I have no enmity with anyone. I cannot say whether there is any political angle to the attack, said Das.

In another incident, at least two children suffered minor injuries when two motorcycle-borne criminals had lobbed crude bombs on the house of Sanjay Pradhan, 38, at Trinath Sahi around 2:30pm last night. Both the kids have suffered injuries on stomach, nose and hand.

Pradhan works as a labourer and stays with his family at a single-storey asbestos house, which has been partly damaged in the bombing.

I have no enmity with anyone. But, we suspect that our house was mistakenly targeted as one of our neighbours had picked up a quarrel with a few youths, who warned him of dire consequences around 9pm last night, Pradhan said.