India: Crude bomb blast kills 7-year-old in poll-bound Bengal

A seven-year-old boy was killed and another child injured in a crude bomb explosion in Burdwan city in West Bengal on Monday, triggering tension in the area ahead of the elections amid a political war of words over the law and order situation in the state.

The Election Commission sought a report from the district administration on the blast, which happened around 11 am in Rasikpur’s Subhaspally area of Burdwan, with the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party and Communist Party of India-Marxist attacking the Trinamool Congress, drawing sharp criticism from the ruling party for ‘doing politics’ over the death of a child.

Sheikh Afroz, 7, and Sheikh Ibrahim, 9, were playing near their house when they hit a packet in which the crude bombs were kept, leading to the blast, Burdwan police station’s inspector-in-charge Pintu Saha said.

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