Three children were on Wednesday injured when a crude bomb dumped in a garbage heap went off, triggering panic in Allahabad, where a powerful explosion had claimed five lives less than a month ago.
The incident took place on Wednesday afternoon in Daraganj police station area, a stone's throw from the famous Nagvasuki temple.
A six-year-old boy and two girls aged four and ten years respectively were injured when one of them picked up a crude bomb lying abandoned in a heap of refuse and apparently tossed it mistaking it for a cricket ball, police spokesman Gyanendra Rai said.
He said the bomb, which appeared to be of very low intensity, went off after falling on the ground, causing minor injuries to the children who returned to their homes after getting first aid at a clinic nearby.
"It appears that some anti-social elements might have inadvertently dropped the bomb while being chased by the police," he claimed.
Meanwhile, panic gripped the city for some time as news of the explosion spread, bringing back memories of the ghastly incident of May 23 when a powerful explosion had ripped through a congested slum in Kareli police station area, nearly 15 km from the site of today's blast.
The Kareli blast had claimed the lives of five children and injured six other people.
The case is being investigated by the Anti-Terrorist Squad of the Uttar Pradesh [ Images ] police.