The individual identified as Dominic Martin surrendered to the police, taking responsibility for the explosions that resulted in one death and 40 injuries in Kochi. According to an India Today report, the person surrendered at the Kodakara police station in Thrissur district and claimed involvement in the explosions. The Kerala Police are investigating this matter further to determine his actual involvement in the incidents.
The explosions occurred in the midst of a religious gathering of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Kerala. The initial findings suggest that an explosive device placed in a lunchbox caused the first blast at 9:40 AM. Kerala’s DGP Sheikh Darvesh stated that an improvised explosive device (IED) was used in the attack.
Meanwhile, Kerala’s Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan, has called for an urgent all-party meeting at the Secretariat. He stated the incident is profoundly unfortunate and emphasized a thorough investigation across all aspects. Vijayan, currently in Delhi for a party meeting, has entrusted the state’s cooperation minister, V.N. Vasavan, to oversee the situation in Kerala.
Eyewitnesses at the prayer meeting reported hearing several explosions, followed by a fire. The authorities were alerted to multiple explosions from the location of the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ assembly. The explosive incident caused the hall to be shut down, and Kerala Police’s anti-terror squad was present at the scene.
An investigation into the explosions is ongoing. The Chief Minister urged a serious and comprehensive inquiry into the incident. Shashi Tharoor, a former Minister and Member of Parliament, expressed shock and dismay over the bomb attack at the religious gathering in Kerala, emphasizing the need for swift police action. He condemned the violence and urged religious leaders to unite against such brutality.
As per ANI’s report, CI V. Das from Kalamassery mentioned that the first explosion occurred around 9 AM, followed by several more within the next hour. The injured individuals have been admitted to government and private hospitals in Kalamassery.
In another update, sources informed ANI that an eight-member National Security Guard (NSG) team was sent from Delhi to Kerala to collect evidence related to the explosives used. This team was dispatched upon the directive of Home Minister Amit Shah to initiate an investigation at the explosion site. DGP Sheikh Darvesh mentioned that the explosion occurred due to an improvised explosive device (IED).
The situation is being investigated further by the authorities to ascertain the details and the extent of involvement of the individual who surrendered in connection to the explosions.
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