West Bengal: Blast At TMC Office, One Dead & Six Injured
The Logical Indian Crew West Bengal
August 23rd, 2018 / 5:39 PM
Image Credits: ANI/Twitter
A Trinamool Congress worker was killed, while six others sustained injuries after an explosion took place in a party office located in West Bengal’s West Midnapore. Reportedly, the incident took place on the morning on August 23, before a meeting was scheduled to begin at the location.
West Bengal: A blast has occurred at TMC party office in Makarampur of West Midnapore district. One party worker dead, 5 injured. A police team is present at the spot. Investigation is underway. pic.twitter.com/Agg3HC3o5h
— ANI (@ANI) August 23, 2018
Blast at TMC office
The TMC party office is located at Makrampur in Narayangarh area on NH 60 which is some 125 kilometres from the state’s capital Kolkata. According to Hindustan Times, the TMC worker who lost his life was Sudipto Ghosh and six others have been admitted to Midnapore Medical College Hospital. Two among six are, however, critically injured.
The reason behind such a deadly explosion still remains unknown, however, media reports suggest that the explosion took place due to crude bombs. Reportedly, the sound of the explosion was so loud that it could be heard from a distance and even a part of the building also collapsed.
While the building has now been cordoned off by the police, photos from the location show chunks of debris and twisted metal rods on the ground in front of the office. While the investigation is still underway, the opposition party leaders have alleged that the blast took place due to crude bombs that were kept inside the office building.
Crude bombs exploded
Samit Dash, BJP district president in West Midnapore told Hindustan Times, “To create an atmosphere of fear, Trinamool Congress workers stocked bombs inside their office. Since the process of forming the panchayats started this week, the ruling party supporters needed the bombs to strike fear in the villages.”
Countering this claim, Trinamool’s West Midnapore district president Ajit Maity claimed that the incident took place because of a gas cylinder explosion, which was kept inside the party office. The daily reported that pictures from the site showed the gas cylinder to be intact. Similar incidents of explosions surfaced in 2017 when an explosion in the house of a ruling party leader injured three people.
Written by : Sromona Bhattacharyya
Edited by : Poorbita Bagchi