Days after a communal clash broke out in the communally sensitive old city area of Vadodara, a country bomb exploded right outside the Fatehpura police chowky on Saturday morning. While no one was reported injured, the police have begun probe to identify miscreants behind the act.
According to the police, the incident occurred shortly around 9 am, when a country bomb, placed in a box, exploded with a deafening sound outside the Fatehpura police chowky near Adania Pul, sending the area into a panic mode. Manjula Raiji, a flower vendor who is usually seated at the spot, escaped unhurt. Police said that the contents of the bomb, examined by the forensic team, revealed gun powder which is usually used to make firecrackers.
Joint Commissioner of Police D J Patel said, “Prima facie, it looks like the handiwork of anti-social elements, who are trying to create panic in the area. We are studying the CCTV footage to identify those who are behind this. The forensic analysis of the substance has not revealed any explosive material but only gun powder, which is used to make fire crackers.”
Patel said that the police, in a raid carried out on Thursday, had recovered substances used to assemble pipe bombs, including gun powder, from a house in the area. “We recovered and confiscated the gun powder two days ago from an abandoned house. We feel that this country bomb could also be a part of the same substance. We are probing the connection.”