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Old, crude bomb explodes

Agartala, Jan. 27: A crude bomb blast yesterday in the Abhaynagar area here, within 300 metres of the Assam Rifles ground main centre of the official Republic Day programme triggered tension in parts of Agartala town. The blast occurred around 1.30pm.

However, the Republic Day programme had passed off peacefully with governor Debananda Konwar ceremonially accepting salute of the security forces and witnessing the cultural programme, accompanied by chief minister Manik Sarkar.

Police sources said a group of construction workers who had been working in a nearby house tried to dump waste materials in a roadside garbage bin. As soon as they dumped the garbage, there was a loud noise though no one was injured.

After being informed of the incident, a large posse of police force from East Agartala police station, led by SP (West) Bijay Nag, reached the spot with sniffer dogs and a bomb disposal squad.

After carefully searching the garbage bin, the police party recovered four other crude bombs all of which were defused.

Nag said the bombs were old and not very powerful.

Earlier on January 21, six children of an Anganwadi centre at Indirangar village in Sipiahijala district had sustained minor injuries when a crude bomb exploded near a septic tank.

The state police headquarters has asked all SPs to keep police stations and outposts on alert about possible detection and accidental blasts of hidden crude bombs.