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Two blasts in Madhya Pradesh’s Jhabua, 25 killed; probe ordered

Jhabua: Twenty-five people were killed and over 50 injured on Saturday following an explosion at a tea stall and a nearby building in Jhabua district in Madhya Pradesh, police said.

The first blast was followed by another explosion in a two-storey building, after which the structure collapsed.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has ordered a probe into the incident.

Chouhan, expressing grief over the incident, said that two theories have so far emerged vis-a-vis blasts and he won`t like to comment anything officially on it. He also said that Chief Secretary Antony DeSa has been asked to look into the matter.

The Chief Minister has also announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to the injured.

“An explosion took place in a tea stall on Saturday morning. After that, another explosion took place in a two-storey building in which 25 people died,” Jhabua Additional Superintendent of Police Sima Alva told IANS, adding: “Many people were injured in the incident.”

Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Babulal Gaur said: “The blast took place due to gas cylinder explosion.”

It is being said that there were explosives in the building following which the blast happened.