A massive blast has taken place in a Christian gathering in Kerala in which one person has died. According to preliminary information, a massive explosion occurred during a prayer meeting at a convention center located in Kalamassery in Kochi in the state.
One person died on the spot, while 35 injured were evacuated to the hospital. The death toll may increase. Jehovah’s prayer was going on at the prayer hall.
At present, no official statement has been issued by the Kerala Police regarding the blast, but an officer said that after the blast at 9 am, the police started receiving calls for help. Immediately the police team reached the spot and started relief and rescue operations along with the local people.
After the explosion, hundreds of people gathered to help the police. A video of this has surfaced in which people are seen lying on the ground.
Local people have told that today was the last day of the three-day program at the convention center. More than two thousand people were present in the hall when the blast occurred.
Eyewitnesses have claimed that 3-4 blasts took place one after the other in which many people were injured.
There is no official statement from Kerala Police yet regarding this serial blasts, but sources have said that now the Union Home Ministry has taken cognizance of this incident.
The blast will be investigated by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). NIA’s forensic team is going to reach the spot in some time.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah has spoken to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan regarding this incident. Sources have told that they have collected all the information regarding this blast.
The CM has informed them about the situation and also knows that the police is actively engaged in providing all possible help to the injured and providing relief and rescue at the spot. Shah has assured all possible help from the Centre.
Kerala Industries Minister and Kalamassery MLA P Rajeev has said regarding this incident that the officials have been instructed to provide all possible help. He said, ‘I have spoken to all the officials.
All instructions have been issued. We have not yet received information about the cause of the blast. Let the investigation be done. At present no one is allowed to go to the incident site.