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Low intensity blast in Madurai

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Police outpost is located nearby

LOOKING FOR CLUE:Police personnel collecting samples from the blast site near an advocate's office on the East Veli Street at Nelpettai in Madurai on Wednesday.
LOOKING FOR CLUE:Police personnel collecting samples from the blast site near an advocate's office on the East Veli Street at Nelpettai in Madurai on Wednesday.

An improvised explosive device, fixed under the chassis of an advocate’s car, went off in Nelpettai on Wednesday afternoon. However, no one was injured. The car too did not suffer major damage, the police said.

A loud explosion attracted the attention of people in the busy commercial area around 12.45 p.m. The car was parked in front of High Court advocate M. Akbar Ali’s office, located on the first floor of the building. On either side of the car, several motorbikes were parked.

The Vilakkuthoon police outpost is a stone’s throw away from the explosion site.

“When I heard the blast, initially I thought a cooking gas cylinder at my relative’s house in the adjacent portion had exploded. However, I saw smoke emanating from outside and people put out the flames with water,” Mr. Ali said.

As the bomb exploded, it came off from the chassis and a kerosene-filled bottle fell outside the car near the pavement, Commissioner of Police Sanjay Mathur said. Mr. Ali said that he used to drive the car. The placement of the bomb under the driver’s seat suggested that he alone was targeted.

The police recovered three 9 volt batteries, a pen torch cell battery, few pieces of wires, a small switch, a mangled plastic bottle and pieces of jute threads strewn around the car, suggesting that a country-made bomb was triggered using a timer device, a police officer involved in the investigation said.

Mr. Ali, an executive committee member of the Sungam Pallivasal in Nelpettai, had supported installation of closed circuit television camera in a mosque amidst strong opposition from other jamat members.

The explosion occurred in the busy area; however no one was injured and the car was not damaged


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