Firecrackers stored in houses; 7 of the dead belong to a family

Eight persons, including seven members of a family, were killed on Tuesday in an explosion in Auraiya district when firecrackers stored in a couple of houses went off. Eight people were injured.

The explosion took place at the houses of Mauji Lal and his brother Ram Narain at Tidua village in the Yaqoobpur area in the early hours of Tuesday, police said here.

Critically injured taken to Kanpur

The critically injured have been referred to a hospital in Kanpur.

The police said the houses of Mauji Lal, his brothers Ram Narain and Ram Sewak, and neighbour Ram Autar were damaged under the impact of the explosion.

Four policemen suspended

Four policemen, including Yaqoobpur police outpost incharge Udal Singh, have been suspended and a case has been lodged against Mauji Lal and Ram Narain.