Two people were injured following a small explosion at the state-run National Medical College and Hospital at the northern parts of the city this morning. Normal hospital activities, however, have remained unaffected.

According to hospital sources, two sweepers were injured after a plastic container, supposedly carrying carbide, exploded. The explosion took place at the outdoor medicine department of the hospital. 

There, however, has been no report of any deaths of any patient or hospital staff in the incident so far. Kolkata Police officials have deployed the bomb squad personnel and are investigating into the matter.

West Bengal Disaster Management Minister, Mr Jawed Ahmed Khan, said that police are already investigating into the matter to see whether it was case of neglect or sabotage. 

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated July 1, 2012)
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