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‘Defused’ bomb explodes, cop hurt

Ranchi, March 18: A crude bomb that was thought to have been defused and discarded at one corner of Bolba police station premises in Simdega district went off last morning, injuring a constable.

Twenty-six-year-old Tejpal was trimming grasses near a well in the compound when the spade with which he was working fell and hit the countrymade bomb kept under soil, triggering the explosion.

Tejpal, who sustained splinter injuries, became unconscious. He was rushed to a nearby health centre, but was referred to RIMS in Ranchi.

Simdega SP Asim Vikrant Minz said: “Primary investigations suggest that the bomb was a piece of exhibit in an old case dating back to five to seven years. Apparently, the officer-in-charge under whom the bomb was recovered did not inform his successor about the explosive being discarded on the police station premises. I am trying to find him out,” he said.

An officer associated with Bolba police station, which is about 35km from Simdega district headquarters, said countrymade bombs were usually defused in a traditional way.

“When a countrymade crude bomb is recovered, we put it in a bucket full of water and then keep it under the soil. But it seems that one such bomb didn’t get defuse properly,” the officer added.

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