West Bengal: Four arrested for school rooftop bomb blast

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A day after a brute force bomb exploded on the roof of the school building in the Titagarh area of ​​North 24-Parganas district in West Bengal, West Bengal police arrested four people in connection with the blast. The defendants aged between 18 and 19 were arrested in Kamarhati and Titagarh areas around midnight.

“We are trying to explore all possible aspects by interviewing them. One of the arrested persons is from Kamarhati while the others are from Titagarh,” a police official said.

The bomb exploded during lessons, but no casualties were reported as students and teachers were on the first two floors of the three-story building. The students panicked upon hearing the sound of the explosion and were evacuated from the premises following which the teachers went upstairs to find bomb shrapnel near the roof.

“If a child had been at the scene, I shudder to think what might have happened. I have urged the Commissioner of Police and other senior officials at Barrackpore Police Station to find the culprits,” said the MP for Barrackpore. Arjun Singh told reporters.

The police also informed that the accused had planned to throw the brute bomb in front of the school gate, but changed his plans as the area around the gate was crowded. They decided to scale the adjacent school building and threw the brute bomb on the roof of the school building.

Of the four arrested, three were former students of the school, police said.

The police cited personal enmity between the accused and some students at the school as the main reason for the incident. They also informed that during the search of the residence of one of the defendants 10 raw bombs were found.

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