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Garbage bin blast, bodies spark panic

Ranchi, April 6: It was a day of unpleasant incidents in the capital. While an explosion at a garbage dump, in which a woman was injured, triggered panic in the area, two unknown bodies were spotted in different places.

It was around 10.45am when an explosion took place at a garbage dump at Mallah Toli in the Hindpiri police station area. A fish vendor, Jagni Devi, sustained injuries on her left elbow in the incident.

Jagni Devi was collecting pieces of wood with her husband, Charu, from a dump outside the shop of a carpenter in the area when the explosion took place. She was rushed to Sadar hospital and released after first aid. The police are clueless about what had caused the blast.

A team from Forensic Science Laboratory reached the spot and collected samples. The report is yet to come.

Deputy superintendent of police, Ranchi, M.R. Paswan said they did not find any black spots or splinters scattered on the spot. “We are waiting for the forensic report to know about the exact reason behind the explosion,” Paswan said.

Locality residents said it was not the first time that such an explosion had taken place at the garbage dumps of the locality. “On October 18, 2007, three children had sustained injuries when a bottle bomb hidden inside a bag filled with sand and dumped at a vat had exploded. The incident had taken place behind a Durga Puja pandal on Main Road, a stone’s throw away from Gurdwara and Hanuman temple,” a resident said.

In another incident, a steel box containing the mutilated body of a youth was recovered today from Duamba ground at Korha Toli in the Sadar police station area. The body, cut into three pieces, could not be identified.

Sadar police have registered a murder case against unidentified criminals and sent the body at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) for post-mortem examination.

In the other case, a body of an old man was found under Hinoo bridge in the Doranda police station area. The identity of the dead could not be ascertained.

The body bore injury marks on rear portion of the head. It has been sent to RIMS for post-mortem examination.

Officer-in-charge of the Doranda police station said according to preliminary investigation, the old man was mentally unstable and might have met with an accident.

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