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Two killed in blast, detonators and gelatine sticks found


Bengaluru blast

Rourkela: At least two persons – a businessman and his assistant – were killed in a blast at the man’s house in the steel city today and explosives seized from the spot.

Deputy superintendent of police Tusharkant Jena said the businessman’s stockroom at his residence at Bisra Road here was blown off and its tin roof was completely damaged under the impact of the explosion.

It was initially suspected that an explosion of a LPG cylinder was behind the incident but later police seized over 100 gelatine sticks and detonators from the spot, he said.

The dead were identified as Ghamanlal Agarwal (42), who is the owner of a bakery and his assistant, Jena said. “We have to verify that from where Agarwal procured the explosives and why was he keeping them there. He was not authorised to store the explosives and whatever we found were all illegal,” Jena said.

The police are ascertaining what Agarwal was doing with the explosives when he ran only a bakery, he added.