Tiruchirappalli: A minor boy died after he chewed on a country-made explosive thinking it was an edible item. The victim has been identified as Vishnu Dev. He resided with his father Boopathi in Alagarai village near Thottiam block.

The 6-year-old boy who took a bite of the explosive gelatin was severely injured. He died before he received medical help.

Reportedly, three men bought the country-made explosives that they used for fishing near the banks of a river. They used two gelatin explosive sticks and brought the unused ones back to their friend Boopathy’s home. 

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Fearing the consequences of the death, Boopathy and his friends conducted the final rites of the boy all by themselves the same night.

Three people were arrested by the police, after the cops were tipped off about the incident. Further investigation is underway.