Two children, who were relatives of a local RSS functionary, were injured when a country-made bomb exploded inside the compound of his house at Naduvil under the Kudiyanmala police station limits on Saturday.
The injured have been identified as Gokul, 7, son of RSS functionary M. Shibu, and his relative Kajinraj, 12, son of Kumar. The incident occurred at Shibu’s house at around 1.30 p.m.
The police said the children who suffered serious burn injuries in the explosion were admitted to a private hospital here. According to the police, the crude bomb that was hidden beneath a heap of rubble on the compound of the house exploded when the two children were searching for some materials for making a bird cage.
“As soon as we got the information of the blast, we rushed to the spot and raided the house of Shibu,” Kudiyanmala sub-inspector P. Pramod said when contacted over phone. The police unearthed bomb-making materials, including 3 kg of aluminium powder, 600 gm of gunpowder and fuse wire, as also seven swords, a hand axe and an iron rod, he said.
The police suspect that Shibu’s house is being used as a place for hiding bombs, bomb-making materials and weapons. The police strengthened vigil in the area in the wake of the incident.