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Mangaluru autorickshaw blast not ‘accident’ but ‘act of terror’, says Karnataka DGP

On Saturday, a moving auto-rickshaw exploded in Mangaluru causing fire and heavy smoke. The driver and a passenger were among those who sustained burn injuries.

Smoke rises (on extreme right) after an autorickshaw on a street, as seen from a CCTV camera from a nearby area, in Mangaluru city. (PTI)

Karnataka Director General of Police (DGP) Praveen Sood Sunday said that a blast that took place in a moving autorickshaw in Mangaluru the previous day was not an accident but an act of terror.

On Saturday, a moving auto-rickshaw exploded in Mangaluru causing fire and heavy smoke. The driver and a passenger were among those who sustained burn injuries.

Praveen Sood tweeted, “It’s confirmed now. The blast is not accidental but an ACT OF TERROR with intention to cause serious damage. Karnataka State Police is probing deep into it along with central agencies.”

City police commissioner N Shashi Kumar said, “The Special team and the FSL (Forensic Science Lab) team has collected the evidence and are ascertaining the reasons behind the incident. Some people have got injuries. They are being treated for burns.”

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Mangaluru, a communally sensitive region, went into a state of shock following the incident. Additional police were put to security across the city. Shashikumar said, “There is no need for people to panic. There is no need to create confusion and spread rumours through social media. I will straightaway share the information with you whatever information we get.”

First published on: 20-11-2022 at 10:10 IST
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