Jalpaiguri: Seven persons were killed when a bomb kept in a moving bi-cycle exploded on Thursday evening near St Pauls School in Jalpaiguri town. Following the incident, a high alert has been issued across north Bengal.
The police are investigating as to whether it was a terror attack or if explosives on the bike went off accidentally. "The explosives were laden on a bicycle. It went off on the culvert over a small river," Shashikant Pujari, IG North Bengal, said.
The incident happened at Bajrapara area at around 7 pm.
"We have launched an investigation. We are yet to ascertain whether it is a terrorist attack or a carrier was carrying explosives and it went off accidentally," said Pujara.
SP Amit Javalgi said that Thursday was the martyr's day of the Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) and December 28 is its foundation day and added that the police was trying to ascertain if the attack was linked to the KLO.
"It can be assumed that the person or persons riding the bicycle were among the dead," he said.
The bicycle lay mangled in the middle of the culvert.
Dr Susanta Ray at the Jalpaiguri Sadar Hospital where the injured have been admitted said some of them were in a critical condition.
North Bengal Development Minister Gautam Deb said that the government would not tolerate this sort of activity and it would be dealt with sternly.
The dead have been identified as Lalmohan Debnath, Anjan Roy, Pappu Rehman, Rashidul Islam and Arnesh Hussain.