VARANASI: The bodies of seven people in the in a carpet weaving unit in Bhadohi were sent for postmortem examination on Sunday. A team from West Bengal Police, along with family members of deceased, all weavers from Malda, reached Bhadohi and confirmed their identities late in the evening before the bodies were sent.
Illegal stocking of explosives in the unit’s owner Kaliyar Mansoori’s house had claimed 12 lives on Saturday afternoon. Mansoori’s two sons were also killed. Bhadohi SP Rajesh S said that of the 12 people killed, five had been identified by families on Saturday and postmortem examination conducted.

However, that of the remaining seven was conducted on Sunday after identities were ascertained by family members from Malda. After their postmortem examination, the bodies would be handed over to Bengal police to be taken to their native places.

Meanwhile, samples collected from the blast site by bomb disposal squad and forensic experts were also sent for tests to ascertain the nature of explosives.

Bhadohi district magistrate Rajendra Prasad, who ordered a magisterial probe into the incident, said investigation officials have been asked to check whether details of weavers and labourers engaged by other carpet weaving units are maintained by employers.

Samples collected by police and other agencies had already been sent to the Agra forensic laboratory and reports were awaited.

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