Six persons, including two children and a woman, were killed and a few others injured seriously on Tuesday evening when country bombs exploded in a house at Tsunami Colony at Idinthakarai, the epicentre of protests against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project.

Police fear the toll could rise as people might have been trapped under debris.

One presumption is that that the country bombs exploded when the miscreants were engaged in making a bomb in the house.

Police suspect the explosion could be because of rivalry between two groups who hail from Kuthankuli, about six km from Idinthakarai.

Fire and Rescue Services personnel rescued four persons, including two children, trapped under the debris. The injured were rushed them to hospital.

Police sources said the explosion, which took place at 7 p.m., completely destroyed two adjacent houses and led to commotion in the neighbourhood.

Even before the anti-KKNPP protesters set up camp at Idinthakarai, the coastal hamlet and its neighbouring village of Kooththenkuzhi had witnessed several clashes and several hundreds of country bombs were seized by police.

However, police have been wary of entering Idinthakarai or Tsunami Colony since the anti-KKNPP agitations started. The Superintendent of Police Vijayendra S. Bidari, who reached Kudankulam around 8.45 p.m. told The Hindu that some youths had tried to prevent fire tenders from entering the village.

“Hence, we have to assess the situation now and take an appropriate decision for any operation to seize explosives,” Mr. Bidari said.

  • Three others injured, toll could go up

  • Police suspect rivalry between two groups