Featured Image: File photo of a cache of crude bombs.
Kolkata, 25 September: THE series of crude bomb explosions and factional clashes within the ruling Trinamool Congress in Bengal have become so routine over the past few days that even journalists are failing to keep a track.
On Friday, as many as three crude bomb blasts were reported in different parts of south Bengal, killing one wage earner and injuring six persons that include three children.
The blast at a government-run primary school at Dahuka village in Burdwan’s Khandaghosh block took place in the afternoon.
A group of children were playing on the terrace of Dahuka Girish Primary School’s single-storey RCC building as the classes were off on Friday due to Eid. It was during then that they mistook the three crude bombs lying on the terrace to be something that they could play with.
One of the crude bombs exploded in the process, injuring three of the children. Of them Vishakha (11) and her brother Gour Ghosh (08) have been admitted to the Burdwan Medical College and Hospital with grievous injuries all over their bodies; the third child Barsha Roy (11) was released on administering first-aid at a local health facility.
Police later seized the two live crude bombs and defused them.
This happened on a day that had dawned with an improvised grenade blast at ward number 23 in Titagarh in North 24-Parganas. Unidentified miscreants lobbed a grenade in front of a unoccupied house at M M Bagchi Road in the ward a little after 6 in the morning.
The grenade narrowly missed a newspaper hawker who was about to cross the site on a bicycle. The entire episode was caught on a CCTV camera installed at a nearby house. Local municipal councillor Suprakash Ghosh said that the unoccupied house has become a den of criminals for the past few months.
As the day progressed, another crude bomb exploded on the premises of a factory at Cossipore in the heart of north Kolkata, killing a wage earner on the spot and injuring two. The wage labourers were engaged in clearing weeds from the premises when they accidentally came in contact of the hidden crude bombs, resulting in the explosion.
In another incident, two persons sustained bullets at Renia near Garia on the southern fringes of Kolkata in a clash between two factions of Trinamool-baked real-estate material suppliers on Thursday night. They are undergoing treatment at the MR Bangur Hospital near Tollygunge.