The victims were Rajiv Mishra, son of the owner of Mishra hostel, and his friend Bhipindra Singh. The explosion took place in a room of Mishra hostel in Shardanagar's Rajiv Nagar area, Inspector General of Police, Kanpur zone, S S Singh told media. He said both were sitting in the room of a hostel when the explosion occurred.
Police seized a large amount of explosives and timers from the hostel."The watches, wires and explosives recovered from the site point towards a plan of exploding a timer device," said S S Singh. Police suspect the blast was a result of a mishap and are probing whether the hostel was being used to assemble bombs.