Four members of a family were injured in a transistor bomb blast at Koregaon village of Kaij tehsil in Beed district of Maharashtra on Friday.

According to Beed police, the blast took place on Friday afternoon.

The injured are Om Ramesh Nimbalkar (32), his wife Usha Nimbalkar (25), his mother Kusum Ramesh Nimbalkar (55) and two-year-old son Kunal.

Mr. Nimbalkar, a resident of Koregaon, who works as a bus conductor in the Ambejogai bus depot, found a parcel in a bus on Friday morning and took it to his house.

On opening it, he found a radio set and three cells. His family members were huddled around him when he inserted the cells into the radio. The radio exploded when Mr. Nimbalkar switched it on.

According to some reports reaching here, the sound of the explosion could be heard four km away.

Dr. Rakesh Jadhav, Deputy Superintendent of Swami Ramanand Tirath Hospital in Beed, where the injured had been admitted, told The Hindu that all four have been referred to the J.J. Hospital in Mumbai now “for ophthalmic care.”

“Mr. Nimbalkar and his wife have suffered corneal injuries. All four have suffered fractures on their hands. Mr. Nimbalkar lost his right hand and two fingers of his left hand. Kunal has also suffered heavy corneal injuries,” said Dr. Jadhav.

Asked if they were out of danger, Dr. Jadhav said: “We can’t say this at this point of time because some of them have deep injuries.”

A team of forensic experts have collected samples from the spot.

Inspector General, Aurangabad range, Riteish Kumar, Superintendent of Police Dattatray Mandlik, a team of the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad and a team of the National Investigation Agency have reached the spot.

Mumbai Staff Reporter reports:

The police are awaiting the preliminary forensic report to ascertain the nature of the bomb. “Forensic teams have collected evidence. It has been sent to Aurangabad for preliminary investigation. We are still awaiting the report,” Mr. Mandlik told The Hindu.

He declined to give any further information.

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