‘Parcel bomb’ explodes in Bargarh; 1 critical

Bargarh: Panic gripped Atabira area of Bargarh district today when an unidentified parcel exploded at Bhalupatra village grievously injuring a villager.

Sources informed that villagers are in a state of panic though it is unclear under what circumstances the explosion took place and how the packet reached the spot.

Police reached the spot and have launched probe into the matter.

An unknown packet kept in front of a villager’s house in Bhalupatra exploded injuring one person identified as C.H. Nagabhusan, informed Bargarh SP Mukesh Kumar Bhamoo.

Bargarh SDPO Suresh Naik stated, “As per information, a packet was kept on the boundary wall of the house of C.H. Nagabhusan. After Nagabhusan’s daughter told him about the packet he went to examine it. While examining the packet exploded. We have found iron nails and cloth pieces from the spot. Investigation is on and we have informed a scientific team. The condition of the injured is stable.”

Today’s parcel bomb explosion was reminiscent of the Patnagarh wedding gift blast case in which a newly-wed groom and his grandmother lost their lives. Wife of the groom sustained serious injuries in the blast case which occurred on February 23.