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Featured Image: Policemen in front of the blast-hit club building.  

By A Newsman

Asansol, 07 November: AN elderly man has been killed in an early morning bomb blast at a club building at Sribati village in Katwa in Burdwan district. The blast was so intense that it has reduced the entire club into rubble.

Sribati village is otherwise known as a hub for manufacturing of terracotta artifacts that are sold in Kolkata and outside Bengal.

Villagers living nearby the club said that around 05.30 am they heard a huge sound of blast and rushed out of their homes to find that the roof of the single-storey club building had been blow a few hundred metres away, while the walls had crumbled.

They also saw four-five people running away from the blast site, while villager Lalu Sheik (70) was found trapped under the rubble. The villagers rushed in to rescue him but by the time they could move him out, the aged man had passed away.

A team from Katwa police station subsequently went to the spot and up on search, found 30 live crude bombs from under a culvert located beside the damaged club building. A bomb disposal squad was subsequently called in.

Raj Narayan Mukherjee, additional SP of Burdwan (Rural), who went to the spot to take stock of the situation, said that a probe has been initiated to find out why and how the bombs were brought to the club. Police are looking for those associated with the club, he said.

People in the village alleged that the club building was being used by anti-social elements to store crude bombs for some time. Today’s blast took place after the stored bombs somehow went off accidentally, they suspect.