Tragedy Strikes Jehovah’s Witnesses Gathering: Death Toll Rises to Three in Kerala Blast Incident

Read about the tragic incident at a Jehovah’s Witnesses gathering in Kerala, where a series of explosions left three dead and over 50 injured. Stay updated on the ongoing investigation and heightened security measures in the aftermath.

Explosions in Kerala left three dead and over 50 injured
Explosions in Kerala left three dead and over 50 injured.

The death toll has increased to three following a tragic incident at a convention center in Kalamassery, Ernakulam district of Kerala on Sunday morning, October 30. A series of explosions disrupted a gathering of Jehovah’s Witnesses, resulting in over 50 injuries.

A man named Dominic Martin claimed responsibility for these blasts and surrendered himself at the Kodakara police station in Thrissur, although his claims remain unconfirmed by the authorities.

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Preliminary investigations suggest that these explosions were caused by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that went off within the convention center. An eyewitness reported that the first blast occurred around 9:30 AM, shortly after the prayer session had commenced.

The police have filed an FIR in the case under various sections, including 302, 307, Explosive Substances Act, and UAPA, as reported by India Today. Additionally, a National Security Guard (NSG) team from Delhi arrived at the blast site in Ernakulam for further investigation.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan expressed his condolences and announced the formation of a 20-member police team to oversee the investigation, with ADGP Law and Order leading the charge.

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A 14-member medical board has been established to provide critical care to the injured individuals, including a 12-year-old girl with severe burns and a 53-year-old woman. Kerala Health Minister Veena George provided an update on the patients’ conditions.

In response to the blasts in Kerala, security measures were heightened in Delhi. Increased security was deployed around churches, metro stations, and other densely populated areas across the city. This initiative was taken to ensure public safety in the aftermath of the incident.

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