Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata on high alert after Pune serial blasts

Aug 02, 2012, 12:33 IST | Agencies

A high alert has been issued in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata following Wednesday's low-intensity blasts in Pune


Delhi has been put on heightened vigil with the deployment of armed police personnel across the city. Roads were barricaded and vehicles were checked, while security was strengthened at vital installations like the Parliament and other key buildings.
In Kolkata, radio flying squads have been asked to maintain vigil in all sensitive areas of the city.
Maharashtra Home Minister R. R. Patil, who visited the spots last night, said that the home department has taken the matter very seriously, and added that all the investigating agencies have been put on the task.
Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said that a probe was on into the blast that occurred in Pune.

Pune blasts
Photo: Nitin Lawate

According to Pune Police Commissioner Gulabrao Pol the act is more of a mischievous one and not a terror attack. 
Four low-intensity serial blasts took place within a one-km range on the busy Junglee Maharaj Road in Pune on Wednesday in which one person has been injured. 
The first explosion occurred around 7.30 p.m. near Balgandharva Rang Mandir, an auditorium on Junglee Maharaj Road. 
The second explosion occurred in a dustbin outside the popular fast food joint McDonald’s. Soon after, the third and fourth blasts went off at Dena Bank and Garware Chowk, in the same vicinity, with the explosive material planted in cycles.
The police defused another bomb within the next one hour.

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