Two Police Vehicles Set Ablaze in Protest after Attempt to Defuse Firecrackers Causes Blast in Bengal

Naihati/Chinsurah/Barasat: Two police automobiles had been set on fireplace, and roads blocked in West Bengal’s Naihati amid protests by way of locals as explosion whilst defusing seized firecrackers rocks space, legit assets mentioned.

An huge mushroom cloud went up a number of metres prime as firecrackers, seized by way of police, exploded whilst being defused at the banks of Ganga in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district on Thursday, destructive a number of properties even at the different financial institution of the river — Chinsurah in Hooghly district.

Officials mentioned the explosion came about within the district’s Naihati the town round three pm when sleuths of the bomb disposal squad had been looking to defuse a big amount of firecrackers that had been seized not too long ago from unlawful production devices within the space.

The depth of the blast was once so large that no longer handiest properties situated close to Ramghat, the place the incident came about, had been broken, a host personal and govt constructions at Chinsurah in Hooghly district had been shaken, police mentioned.

Chandannagar Police Commissioner Humayun Kabir rushed out of his workplace, listening to the blast, and so did judges and legal professionals on the native court docket complicated.

Many govt officers who come to Chinsurah from different districts moved quickly to the station in panic, no longer realizing what has came about. Locals mentioned they to start with idea it was once an earthquake, on account of the tremors.

Later, when Kabir visited some spaces to allay fears, he confronted protests and was once gheraoed for a while. Three citizens of Naihati had been injured because of the have an effect on of the blast, police mentioned.

A person sustained head accidents as tin roof of his area collapsed. Two others had been injured when parts of a concrete slab hit them, an officer of the Barrackpore Police Commissionerate mentioned.

Protesting towards the government for no longer taking precautions earlier than disposing the firecrackers, locals set two police automobiles on fireplace and likewise blocked some roads within the Naihati space, mentioned Dhrubojyoti Dey, deputy commissioner (headquarters) of Barrackpore Police Commissionerate.

He mentioned 4 group of workers of Naihati police station had been injured as protesters manhandled them.

“This is an overly unhappy incident. Three citizens who had been within their properties at the moment of the explosion had been injured. They had been admitted to the Naihati Municipal Hospital and are present process remedy,” TMC’s Naihati MLA Partha Bhowmick mentioned after visiting the affected spaces.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee confident that the management would lend a hand other people whose properties had been broken on account of the explosion.

“I’ve heard that there was once an explosion in Naihati all over disposal of a few firecrackers. The explosion was once massive and on account of that some constructions advanced cracks,” she mentioned on the inaugural serve as of the yearly Jatra Ustav in Barasat the town of the district.

“I will be able to guarantee you that if there may be any injury to the constructions we will be able to glance into it. I’m directing the district Justice of the Peace to appear into the topic. Do no longer be nervous,” Banerjee mentioned.

Barrackpore Police Commissioner Manoj Verma visited the web site and mentioned the incident shall be investigated to determine why the explosion had this kind of massive have an effect on.

He mentioned {that a} workforce of forensic mavens would seek advice from where on Friday to habits exams. “These firecrackers had been seized from unlawful fireworks devices following the explosion previous this month. The disposal of the firecrackers had been being finished for the ultimate 3 days and these days additionally they (bomb disposal squad) had been looking to do

that. We will examine why the have an effect on was once so massive,” Verma mentioned.

Last week, 4 individuals, together with two girls, had been killed in an explosion at a fireworks production manufacturing facility in Naihati’s Devak space, following which police began raiding unlawful devices and seized an enormous cache of firecrackers.

The BJP demanded an NIA probe into the explosion. Hooghly MP Locket Chatterjee, who visited the affected spaces in Naihati and Chinsurah, alleged that the blast was once

on account of RDX and no longer because of firecrackers as claimed by way of police.

“Do no longer name it explosion of firecrackers, it came about on account of RDX explosives. The state govt is just answerable for it. The leader minister is giving safe haven to the jihadis and protective them by way of engaging in again to again rallies. We need NIA probe the topic,” she mentioned.

“We had witnessed Khagragarh (blast) and Pingla. Even these days we haven’t any wisdom of what number of people had been killed within the explosion at Devak ultimate week. And these days, what number of are killed we have no idea,” she mentioned.

Chatterjee mentioned the state police cannot be depended on and alleged that the clues may well be destroyed “That is why I would like NIA to probe the topic.”

Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar additionally demanded a right away investigation.

“The explosion leaves not anything to creativeness. It requires an intensive probe in view of its seriousness, depth and injury brought about,” he mentioned, including that handiest a professional investigation can unearth the reason for the blast.

“This ominous construction will have to be eye opener for regulation imposing and regulatory regime within the state,” Dhankhar mentioned.

The CPI(M) additionally alleged that although the federal government was once announcing it to be an explosion of firecrackers, the depth was once such large as it was once a blast of crude bombs.

“This is the tradition of Bengal. They are announcing it to be firecrackers however those had been country-made bombs. Even although the existing state govt has did not convey industries right here, they have got been a hit in construction bomb-making factories,” senior CPI(M) chief Md Salim mentioned.

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