Cuttack, June 14 -- A havildar lost his life when firecrackers, seized by the police, exploded during defusal on the banks of the Kathajodi river in Odisha's Cuttack on Friday.

The deceased, identified as Pradip Kumar Malick, was a resident of Jagatpur area. He had joined the police department 24 years ago and became a part of the bomb disposal squad, recently.

As per reports, the explosion occurred as Malick attempted to defuse the seized firecrackers. He sustained critical injuries in the blast and was immediately taken to the SCB Medical College and Hospital here. However, he succumbed to his injuries.

Senior police officials and a scientific team reached the accident site to investigate if standard operating procedures were followe...