Locals said the child Bibhas Ghosh, 8, a resident of the area, had come to the nearby sweet shop with his parents. His mother Sita Ghosh also sustained serious injuries in the blast and has been admitted to the S.S.K.M. Hospital. The fruit seller and an autorickshaw driver at the shop were also seriously injured. While one of the injured persons has been admitted to the M.R. Bangur Hospital, the rest are being treated at the R.G. Kar Hospital.
The child’s father Joy Ghosh alleged that the hospital had insisted that he complete the paper work before initiating treatment. “We never knew that just because we are poor we will not get proper treatment.”
The four-storey building in front of which the explosion took place also houses the office of the chairman of South Dum Dum Municipality Panchu Roy. Locals said that at 9 a.m. they suddenly herd a “deafening” sound and rushed out of their homes.
While a section of them thought that a gas cylinder had exploded, others thought that the Nagerbazar flyover had collapsed. “The blast was so loud that initially I thought that the Nagerbazar flyover has collapsed. But then I saw at least six people lying injured near the roadside fruit shop,” said Bapi Chatterjee, who lives close to the fruit shop.
The incident resulted into a war of words between the Trinamool Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party. Trinamool leader and State’s Food and Supplies Minister Jyotipriya Mallick alleged that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh may be behind the incident. State BJP president denied the allegation and demanded a probe by the National Investigation Agency.
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