The boys play with explosive substances collected from the fired teargas shells at the Hockey Grounds in Osmania University on Sunday.

Two boys suffered burns after explosive substances collected from the fired teargas shells exploded in their hands at the Hockey Grounds in Osmania University on Sunday.

Police said Santosh Reddy (13) and Vinod (17), both residents of Tarnaka, came to the Hockey Grounds to play cricket. While others were busy in the game , Reddy and Vinod collected the teargas shells strewn around. The shells were lobbed to disperse the Osmania University students for hurling stones at them during the vain bid to take out a rally to join the ‘Chalo Assembly’ programme on Friday.

Osmania University Inspector P. Ashok said the boys extracted the explosive material from the fired teargas shells and placed it on the floor. They later set it afire, resulting in an explosion and the duo were injured. Reddy’s thumb and little fingers sustained cuts due to the impact of the explosion. He also received burns on his stomach, while Vinod sustained burns on face and eyes.

Police rushed Vinod to Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital in Mehdipatnam for treatment. The Inspector explained that the chemical substance in the teargas shell would explode when it comes in contact with fire.

The police have registered cases under relevant Sections of IPC and further investigations are on.

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