Eight killed in Bihar blast, Nitish orders probe

Eight people were killed when a bomb planted by Maoists went off in Aurangabad district in Bihar.

Aurangabad: Eight people, including five children, were killed and 11 others injured when a bomb planted by Maoists went off this morning in the Naxal-hit Aurangabad district in Bihar, a day after the final
phase of Assembly polls in the state.

The bomb planted by the rebels was found yesterday by
a police team, which left it in a field in the absence of a
bomb disposal squad.

While seven persons, including five children, died on-
the-spot, one succumbed to injuries in a hospital here, the
police said.

Superintendent of Police Vivek Raj Singh said the bomb
was planted by the Maoists at Pachokhar village during the
sixth and final phase of assembly elections yesterday. The
Maoists had given a call for boycott of the polls.

Security personnel found it and left it in the field
for follow up action to defuse it.

However, when the villagers went to the field this
morning, the bomb suddenly exploded, Singh told PTI.

Twelve others, who sustained splinter injuries, were
admitted to various hospitals in Deo and Aurangabad towns. One
of them died later, police said.

However, the deceased were yet to be identified as
angry villagers did not allow the police to approach the

The district magistrate and the SP could reach Bedhni,
three km from the explosion site, and efforts were on to
pacify the local people, police said.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has directed
Development Commissioner K C Saha and Director General Home
Guard U S Dutta to jointly probe the incident.

Kumar has also asked Chief Secretary Anoop Mukherjee
to ensure adequate compensation to families of the victims.