Being reported that the incident happened around 11 am in the city's Subhaspally area. The police said, a seven-year-old boy was killed and another child got injured in a crude bomb explosion in Burdwan city in West Bengal on Monday.
Sheikh Afroz aged 7 and Sheikh Ibrahim aged 9, playing near their house when they hit a packet containing crude bombs and exploded immediately, Burdwan police station’s IIC Pintu Saha said. Locals rushed to the spot after hearing the explosion. They witnessed the two kids lying in a pool of blood. They were taken to the Bardhaman Medical College and Hospital where Afroz died a while later, he informed. Ibrahim is undergoing treatment, but his condition is also critical.
The explosion triggered tension in the area ahead of the elections. Following the incident, the Election Commission sought a report from the district magistrate of Purba Bardhaman. “A quick report has been sought from the district magistrate. Prior to the elections, this is a very serious matter,” said an official. An investigation has been initiated and the area has been insulated, said the police officer.
The election commission is demanding reports, has directed the Burdwan district administration and state chief secretary to submit a report on the incident, and has asked the authorities to submit the report within 24 hours.
Poll-bound Bengal has been witnessing a series of crude bomb blasts, raising concerns for public safety during elections.