Chandigarh: Another minor blast, second in the past 30 hours, on the Heritage Street near Golden Templein Amritsar around 6 am on Monday has left the Punjab police in a tizzy.
While there were no casualties, a person sustained minor injuries and a windshield of a car was broken, police said.
It may be recalled that the first blast had taken place reportedly near a sweet shop late Saturday night on the Heritage Street in which also a person had received minor injuries, and the second one occurred nearthe same spot but on the opposite side of the said street.
The police, which had cordoned off the area and scanned it to search out any hidden explosive, had not found any, so far.
Meanwhile, the Punjab director general of police (DGP), Gaurav Yadav, who had reached the spot on Monday said all the CCTV footage were being examined and all angles were being looked into, specially the timing of the blasts.
The DGP said it appeared from the preliminary probe that the explosives used were kept in a container. He held that while the police had not found any detonator or triggering mechanism from the spot so far, the preliminary findings also showed that these were some crude low-intensity blasts. However, a scientific probe into the incidents was in progress, he said.
He refused to ascertain if there was some personal angle behind the incident or there was a terror angle. He also said that the police would also examine if some locally available material was used for the blasts to give a false impression about the law and order situation in the state.
Conspicuously, the Jalandhar Lok Sabha bypoll is scheduled to be held on May 10.
Another explosion reported a day ago
Several people were injured in a blast at a restaurant in the Heritage Street near the Golden Temple in Punjab's holy city of Amritsar. The police, however, said it was not a terror attack, but an accident.
Panic gripped as the blast took place at busy Heritage Street near Darbar Sahib on Saturday night. Many devotees and locals present at the spot presumed the blast a terror act.
Appealing to maintain peace, police officials said the situation was under control and there was no need to be panic. A police official told the media the blast apparently occurred in a chimney of a restaurant.
Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Mehtab Singh said the cause of the incident is yet to be ascertained. He said forensic teams were investigating. Only windowpanes of the nearby buildings were shattered and there was no damage to the buildings.
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