Berhampur, July 22 (LocalWire): A day after two school children were injured in a dynamite explosion close to their school at Magura in Aska police station limits, the police on Sunday arrested two persons for the blast.
Dutikrushna Panda alias Tutu of Magura, and Prabhakar Reddy of Aska were arrested on charges of illegally using the explosives that were meant for conducting blasts in the stone quarry, Aska police station inspector in charge (IIC) Pitabas Dharua said.
The Upper Primary School in Magura near which the dynamite explosion happened is located at the foothill of the village.
“The accused persons do not have a license or lease deed to conduct blast in the stone quarry and the explosions they were carrying out in the hill region was illegal,” he said.
The lease holder for the quarry was one Geeta Bisoi, sources said.
“We are now investigating about the source of the explosive substances and how the dynamite was procured by the two accused,” the IIC said.
The villagers alleged that there have been activities in the stone quarry near the hill during the last few months, but the district administration did not pay heed to their complaints, even though they had brought this to their notice several times
Police said the accused duo might have abandoned a piece of explosive near the school and it might have exploded when the two students touched or started playing with it on Saturday.
The two injured children, students of class VII and VIII, are now undergoing treatment at MKCG Medical College and Hospital and are reported to be out of danger. Their condition is stated to be stable, sources said.
Meanwhile, the School and Mass Education minister Sameer Das directed the district education officer (DEO) Ganjam Sanatan Panda to conduct an inquiry into the incident and submit his report within a week.
“Our team has already conducted an inquiry and we will soon review the report,” DEO Panda said, adding that since the school has no boundary wall, students can easily go outside the campus leading to security problems.