Blast near Chennai: 1 killed, 4 injured

A man died and four others suffered injuries in an explosion at Manampathi in Kancheepuram district on the outskirts of Chennai. The incident has happened at a time there was an increased security in the state in the wake of terror alert.

The ‘mysterious’ explosion sent shock waves among the people in the locality and they had immediately gathered around the temple where the incident took place.

To their dismay, they noticed a portion of the temple’s compound wall and that of the neighbouring structure were damaged due to the explosion.

Police are probing whether it was a machine or a bomb that that exploded near the Gangai Amman temple in Manampathi, situated around 50km from Chennai.

One of the five youth – Surya (23) – who were near the blast site, had died and four others sustained injuries. The injured have been identified as: Jayaraman, Dilipan, Yuvaraj and Thirumal.

Preliminary investigation by the police revealed that it was a country bomb that had exploded. Someone had hidden the bomb in the temple tank and during the cleaning of the tank, workers had removed it and placed the bomb on a tree nearby. It exploded after it fell.