Chennai: Youth killed, four injured in blast at temple

Chennai: A youth was killed and four sustained injuries in a blast near the Gangai Amman temple at Manmati in Thiruporur near here on Sunday.

The 'mysterious' explosion had sent shock waves among the people in the locality and they had immediately gathered around the temple. To their dismay, they noticed a portion of the temple's compound wall and that of the neighbouring structure were also damaged due to the explosion.

One of the five youth - Surya (23) - who were near the blast site, had died and four others sustained injuries. The injured have been identified as: Jayaraman, Dilipan, Yuvaraj and Thirumal. While Jayaraman has been referred to the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital for further treatment, the other three are undergoing treatment at the Chengalpattu GH.

Preliminary investigation by the police revealed that it was a country bomb that had exploded. Someone had hid the bomb in the temple tank and during the desilting of the tank, workers had removed it and placed the bomb on a tree nearby and it exploded after it fell. Further investigation is on.

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