Blast rocks Capital, Lt Colonel among 4 injured

SHIMLA, February 5, Somitr Keshav: Four people including two minors were injured in a freak blast that took place near army quarters.


Image credit: Pinktentacle

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Lt Col Vikas Sharma (37) and his two children, Aryan (7) and Shashvat (4), and the helper Manjit (24) received injuries following explosion from burning of waste material. They were rushed to Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) where they were declared stable by the doctors.

Colonel Sharma sustained multiple injuries and his children got minor injuries. Helper Manjit bore the major impact of the explosion as some splinters wounded his abdomen and arms. He was operated upon at the IGMC and his condition was stable though critical, said doctors.

The blast took place in a garbage dump where the victims were burning the waste material close to the house of Colonel Sharma, who was here to pack his luggage from his Prior House, a residential complex of ARTRAC for transportation to his new posting in Srinagar.

A team of police and the State Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), Junga, led by its Director Dr. Arun Kumar visited the spot to collect samples for an inspection. Though police and Forensic experts have ruled out the possibilities of a bomb blast, the Army and forensic investigation was still on.

According to, Shimla Superintendent of Police, Abhishek Dular a freak blast of high intensity was reported from near army residential quarters near IGMCH.  The police had registered a case of negligent conduct on the part of the Army officer under Section 286, IPC.