Two killed, four injured after explosion in Tamil Nadu's Gangai Amman temple; probe into cause underway

A man died and one of the four injured men succumbed to his injuries on Monday taking the toll to two in the explosion at a temple premises in a village near suburban Tiruporur

Press Trust of India August 26, 2019 14:26:16 IST
Two killed, four injured after explosion in Tamil Nadu's Gangai Amman temple; probe into cause underway
  • A man died and one of the four injured men succumbed to his injuries on Monday taking the toll to two in the explosion at a temple premises in a village near suburban Tiruporur

  • While a 22-year old man died following an explosion on Sunday, another man, who was among the injured, died without responding to treatment at a government hospital near, police said

  • The loud explosion rattled the local people and it left pockmarks in portions of the temple walls and some structures

Chennai: A man died and one of the four injured men succumbed to his injuries on Monday taking the toll to two in the explosion at a temple premises in a village near suburban Tiruporur.

While a 22-year old man died following an explosion on Sunday, another man, who was among the injured, died without responding to treatment at a government hospital near, police said.

Two killed four injured after explosion in Tamil Nadus Gangai Amman temple probe into cause underway

Two killed in blast in the temple. ANI

Other injured men were being treated for their injuries, they said.

A team of forensic experts and bomb squad personnel inspected the premises and collected samples following the explosion at a spot abutting a pond, right in the backyard of Sri Gangai Amman temple at Manamathi village.

The loud explosion rattled the local people and it left pockmarks in portions of the temple walls and some structures.

Last night, police cordoned off the temple premises and barred people from accessing the site of the explosion.

Several aspects related to the explosion, like its cause, the nature of explosive material, and how it landed in the premises of the temple and what triggered it were sketchy and were being probed by police.

Some local people said the explosion occurred when one of the dead men tried to break open a container like material found in the recently desilted temple pond, and others had divergent versions as well.

Another version, according to locals, was that a chest fell from a tree in the pond and other was that a box-like material was flung from the temple tower by a youth during a clean-up exercise and it exploded.

Police said the probe was on.

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