Patna: A seven-year-old boy was killed on Monday after a “tiffin bomb” exploded near a Sufi shrine in Bhagalpur, Bihar, police said. According to reports, the blast took place near Maqdoom Shah Dargah in the district’s Nathnanagar Police Station area when Amrit Das, a resident of a nearby locality, tampered with one of the many tiffin boxes kept at outside the sanctuary. Nathnagar Inspector Mohd Sajjad Hussain said the boy was rushed to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. A bomb disposal team was brought in to inspect the other abandoned tiffin boxes outside the dargah, the inspector said.Also Read – 3 Navy personnel killed, 11 injured in explosion aboard INS Ranvir at Mumbai shipyard, inquest ordered
Reports suggest this is the second death of a person in a week. Earlier on December 11, a rag picker was killed in an explosion near a railway line. The incidents have sparked tensions in the sensitive community area of Nathnagar where three children were also injured when a crude bomb exploded in the Momin Tola area two days ago and Also Read – Punjab Police recover 5kg, Rs 1 lakh IED near Attari-Wagah border before D-Day
The scavenger was seriously injured when he picked up a box lying near the train tracks, PTI news agency reported, citing Deputy Superintendent of Railway Police Vinay Ram. Upon hearing the explosion, railway police arrived on the scene and took the seriously injured man to hospital where he died while being treated. Also Read – Latest from IRCTC: Railways announce reserved seats for female passengers on 2 trains to Bihar from New Year
“The question is being studied from all angles. Forensic experts have been hired. In addition, the canine brigade and the demining brigade controlled the area where the explosion took place,” the official said.