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Featured Image: Representation photo of a blast site. 

Newsmen Bureau

Kolkata, 15 September: A WAGE labourer has been seriously injured in a bomb blast at the Bengal food department owned godown premises off Gopal Chatterjee Road in north Kolkata on Tuesday morning.

The injured has been identified as Janaul Sheikh (30) of Murshidabad. The blast ripped off his right hand below elbow and has also caused grave injuries to his face. Sheikh is now undergoing treatment at SSKM Hospital in the city.

The blast took place around 10 am on Tuesday, when some labourers were clearing the debris of an old house at the godown premises that was dismantled recently for the constructing a new building. The state food department has plans to open an office here.

Until recently, the land was occupied by Food Corporation of India (FCI), which had taken it on rent from the state government. But FCI vacated the land about two months ago following the expiry of the lease agreement. The premises have some 74-odd godowns.

According to police, while clearing the debris, the injured labourer found an iron container and was trying to bring it out when it slipped off his hand resulting in the explosion. Police suspect that some crude explosives were stored in the container.

At that time, he was alone inside that godown, when other co-labourers heard the blast. On entering the house, they found it covered in thick smoke and Sheikh was lying on the floor in a seriously injured condition.

He was first rushed to the R G Kar Medical College and Hospital and was later relocated to the SSKM Hospital due to grave injuries to his eyes.

Sources said that state food minister Jyotipriya Mullick would visit the blast-hit godown premises on Wednesday.