Three persons injured in blast

Staff Reporter

Cylinder filled with hydrogen gas explodes near a temple

CHENNAI: Panic prevailed in Royapuram on Sunday for sometime after a cylinder filled with hydrogen gas exploded near a temple in the area injuring at least three persons.

According to the police, Murugan, a vendor, was selling balloons filled with the gas near the Angala Parameswari temple that was receiving a large number of Ayyappa devotees.

Besides the balloon vendor, two others, identified as Chellammal (50) and Suresh (22) were seriously injured in the incident. While Murugan was admitted to Stanley Medical College Hospital, the others were admitted to a private hospital in Tondiarpet.

The cause for the cylinder explosion is being investigated. The Royapuram police have registered a case.

A 44-year-old woman with head injuries was declared ‘brought dead’ at the Kilpauk Medical College Hospital on Saturday evening.

Police said that Jesintha Mary, wife of an ex-serviceman Joseph Jagannathan, resided in Senthamizh Nagar, Avadi. When both her husband and son Lawrence Simon (22) were at home, she allegedly suffered head injuries.

In a serious condition, she was rushed to the hospital, where she was declared brought dead. Police have registered a case of unnatural death. Based on the post-mortem report, the cause of death would be known and action would be taken, the investigation officer said.

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