A “low-intensity blast” at Hubli Junction railway station on Monday afternoon left a food joint employee injured.
“According to eyewitnesses, the blast took place on platform number one when the injured tried to forcefully open a suitcase,” Hubli Police said.
The intensity of the blast was such that it shattered the glass doors of the station master’s office. The platform was soon cordoned off and an extensive search in the vicinity of the station was carried out by the police.
Divisional Security Commissioner of the Railway Protection Force Hubli Division Valleshwar who was one among the first officials to rush to the station along with dog and bomb squads told Indianexpress.com, “The injured person has been identified as Hussain Saab, a 22-year-old. He has been rushed to KIMS hospital in the city. Preliminary investigation says the injured is an employee at a food joint in the station. Other details are yet to be confirmed.”
A statement from the South Western Railway Chief Public Relations Officer said the blast is being probed.
“Railway police is on high alert. State police including high officials like DCP/Law and order etc are at site. Investigation is on. Matter being sensitive and pertaining to Law and order, information on this, will be shared by State police only,” the statement read.
According to Government Railway Police (GRP) officials, who handles Law & Order and Crime related matters in liaison with the RPF, investigating the matter, words such as ‘No BJP, No RSS’, ‘Kolhapur district’, ‘MLA’, ‘Gargoti’, ‘MS State’, ‘Prakash Abhitkar’, ‘Budargadh taluk’, were written on the abandoned bucket which also included some Tamil letters.
“The injured had taken one among the eight boxes out of which two more had explosives inside, besides husk,” GRP officials said. The police later observed that the explosives inside the boxes were local explosives majorly used to kill pigs and other animals.
Reacting to the incident, Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi blast is being investigated. “..Have instructed concerned officials to extend all support…,” he wrote on Twitter.
There are no deaths. One injured person has been shifted to hospital. Have instructed concerned officials to extend all support.
The low intensity blast is being investigated. I pray for early recovery of the injured.
— Suresh Angadi (@SureshAngadi_) October 21, 2019
Security has been heightened at the station and major places in Hubli as a precautionary measure. “We request citizens to avoid panic and to cooperate with the investigation at the station,” railway police added.
With high suspicion on the incidents link to Maharashtra politics, where elections were held on Monday, a thorough investigation by Hubballi police is still underway.
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