A low-intensity blast occurred in a house in Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh, Friday morning — a day before bypolls are scheduled to be held in the Assembly constituency — prompting the police and Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) teams to rush to the spot.
Initial reports have revealed that four youths were assembling bombs in a room they had rented at Jalan locality under Kotwali police station area when the explosion occurred.
While the youths escaped, the locals said that one of them had sustained burn injuries in his hand and chest.
Three voter-ID cards, carrying a Hindu name and the others Muslim names, issued from Khandwa and Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh and Nandubar in Maharashtra, have been recovered from the room. Bijnor Superintendent of Police Satyendra Kumar Singh said they are trying to trace the holders of these voter-ID cards.
Besides, nearly seven kg matchsticks kept in cartons, four big packets of matchboxes, low-intensity explosives and remains of an half-assembled bomb were recovered from the room.
A .32 bore pistol, a laptop and two books in Urdu were also found.
Sources said the ATS has got vital clues about the youths and that their identities most likely match with suspects having links with a terror outfit.
However, further verification of the identity of the four youths is underway.
Moradabad Range DIG Gulab Singh said the four had taken the one-room accommodation on rent from an old woman, Leelo Devi, two months ago.
Leelo Devi, who lives alone, told the police that the youths had told her that they were Hindu and belonged to Moradabad. They told her that they were searching for jobs.