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Explosives seized from blast site

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Five killed, six injured in explosion at Nadapuram on Saturday night



FACT-FINDING:Inspector-General of Police, Kannur range, G. Sudhesh Kumar on Sunday inspects the spot of explosion at Narikkatteri in Nadapuram.

Kozhikode: The police, with the support of a bomb squad and Fire and Rescue Services personnel, conducted searches in and around Narikkatteri, near Nadapuram, in Kozhikode district on Sunday and seized 5 kg of gunpowder and raw materials for making steel bombs following a bomb explosion that killed five persons and injured six on Saturday night.

The explosives packed in plastic covers were found hidden in a well near the blast site.

Police sources said those killed and injured in the incident were Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) workers.

The explosion occurred while the youths were allegedly trying to transfer steel bombs to secret locations.

Those killed are C. Riyas, 28; C.T. Sameer, 24; P. Rafeek, 26; V.P.Shabeer, 25; and K. Shabeer, 27.

The bodies were handed over to their relatives after post-mortem examination at the Kozhikode Medical College Hospital on Sunday evening.

Those who suffered burns are undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Kozhikode.

The explosion was reported around 10.30 p.m. on Saturday at an isolated hilly area of the politically sensitive Narikkattery.

IUML denies role

Meanwhile, the IUML leadership denied the involvement of party men in the incident. District secretary M.C. Mayin Haji said those killed and injured in the incident were not members of the party and had hardly any relation with party members. He affirmed that the party would initiate strong action if the police found any solid evidence proving the involvement of League workers.

A team of senior police officers headed by Inspector-General of Police (Kannur) G. Sudhesh Kumar inspected the spot and held discussions with Superintendent of Police (Rural) Neeraj Kumar for tightening surveillance in the region.

Mr. Sudhesh Kumar said an inquiry would be conducted into the incident. A case has been registered.

Earlier on Saturday, 13 houses were partially damaged at Payanthongu in Nadapuram after country-made bombs were hurled by anonymous persons following political clashes.

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