A high-intensity explosion killed one child and injured 10 people in the Nagerbazar area of Kolkata on Tuesday morning, the police said. The blast occurred outside a fruit shop in front a multi-storey building around 9 am, the Dum Dum police said.
The building also houses the office of South Dum Dum Municipality Chairman Panchu Roy, who claimed that he was the actual target of the blast. Roy, stopping short of naming any political party, said the forces, which are currently attacking the ruling Trinamool Congress all over Bengal, are behind the attack.
The CID bomb explosion squad said that some iron nails were found at the blast site but the exact cause is yet to be ascertained. The injured were taken to the RG Kar Medical College and Hospital, the police said.
“Initially, we thought it was a gas cylinder blast. But it is not so. We are trying to find out the details. Forensic experts, along with the CID bomb disposal squad, are examining the area,” a senior officer of Barrackpore City Police Commissionerate said.
“It was a pre-planned blast... They had planned to kill me and other TMC workers, as it would create panic and help them gain foothold in the area,” he told PTI.