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Indian Police Search for Suspect in Deadly Blast

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An injured man, whose relatives were killed, cries at the site of an explosion, in Petlawad, in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, Sept. 12, 2015.

An injured man, whose relatives were killed, cries at the site of an explosion, in Petlawad, in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, Sept. 12, 2015.

Indian police say they are searching for a suspect who illegally stored explosives in a warehouse that ignited, killing at least 88 people and injuring 100.

Police said Sunday they are looking for Rajendra Kaswa, who authorities say is on the run. They say he stored gelatin sticks, urea - which is a common fertilizer - and other explosive materials next to a restaurant in Petlawad in Madhya Pradesh state in central India.

Police originally thought the deadly Saturday morning blast was caused by a cooking gas cylinder explosion in the restaurant where children and office workers were eating breakfast when the powerful blast happened. But police now believe the fatal explosion originated in Kaswa's warehouse.

Police said Kaswa had a license for the explosive materials, but had stored them in an illegal manner near a restaurant in a densely populated neighborhood.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan visited the site Sunday. He was surrounded by angry locals who said authorities had failed to act on their complaints about the location of Kaswa's explosives.

Some material for this report came from AFP and Reuters.

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