Four killed, 30 hurt in blast at Nuapalli

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SHATTERING IMPACT: People looking at the damaged buildings at the blast site at Nuapalli in Ganjam district on Sunday. —
SHATTERING IMPACT: People looking at the damaged buildings at the blast site at Nuapalli in Ganjam district on Sunday. —

Staff Reporter

Most of the victims are spectators watching a play at ‘Danda Nata’ festival

Blast triggered at an illegal crude bomb making unit

Four taken into custody in connection with blast

BERHAMPUR: Four persons including a child and a woman were killed and around 30 others injured in blast at an illegal crude bomb manufacturing unit at Nuapalli village of Bhatakumarada panchayat in Ganjam district in the wee hours on Sunday.

This blast hinted at the alleged preparations by miscreants for the coming elections in Ganjam district. The series of explosions occurred at a rented house at Nuapalli village. The explosions were so intense that the building collapsed under its impact and its debris flew around. The flying debris hit a crowd that had gathered to witness ‘Danda Nata’ festivity.

The victims were mostly the spectators, who had gathered at the spot watching a play enacted as part of the festivity. Three of them died on the spot. Another victim died at MKCG Medical College hospital in the city, where he was brought for treatment. Thirty persons received injuries. Eleven of them are undergoing treatment at MKCG Medical College Hospital. The rest who received minor injuries were treated at the Prushottampur hospital. One of the deceased was Babu Parida of Nagarh district, who had come to the village to provide light and sound instruments for the festival. The other three deceased were the eight-year-old child Ganga Pradhan, a woman Dhani Nayak (48) and Babi Das (50). The main accused in the incident, Padma Pradhan, who was allegedly preparing bombs inside the house is fighting for his life in the MKCG Medical College Hospital with over 90 per cent burns.

Officer in-charge of the Purushottampur police station Dipak Kumar Mishra, who is investigating the case, informed that four persons have been taken into custody in relation to the explosion. They are being interrogated to find out the network of illegal bomb marketing in the district. Mr Mishra said the accident occurred when a crude bomb under preparation went off accidentally. The other finished bombs and explosives kept at the spot caught fire triggering a series of massive explosions. A forensic team has also reached the spot to help in the investigation process.



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