Blast in Meerut, at least 4 killed; several injured

8 11 2008

Source: IBNLIVE

BLAST IN MEERUT: The nature of the blast in not known yet. Details are awaited.

BLAST IN MEERUT: The nature of the blast in not known yet.

Details are awaited.

New Delhi: At least five people (3 women and 2 children) are reported to have been killed in a blast in Uttar Pradesh town of Meerut, 72 km from Delhi.

Sources say the blast took place in a scrap-dealer’s shop in Meerut’s crowded Fatehpur locality. At least 10 people are reported to have been injured.

However, news agency Press Trust of India reports the blast took place in in army waste materials dump. There has been no confirmation of that report.

The blast is reported to have occured at around 1600 hrs IST and its nature is not known yet.

Police have been rushed to the spot and there’s heavy deployment in the city.

According to sources, dynamite sticks triggered the blast, when a ragpicker tried to remove the metal of the bomb found in garbage. Some ragpickers reportedly brought the garbage from Meerut Cantt. area.

The blast could be accidental and not the handiwork of any terror organization. It could be a grenade or bomb left by the Army in their garbage, which was picked up by the ragpickers. The security personnel including bomb squad and forensic experts have rushed to the spot. The injured have been admitted to the hospitals. Casualties may go up, as some of the injured are in a critical condition. Further details are awaited.
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