Explosion at Agra hospital injures two
"As of now, we are not able to ascertain the nature of the
explosion. Bomb disposal squad and anti-terrorist squad have been
called at the site for further investigations," Deputy Inspector
General of Police Asim
Agra: At least four
people were injured in a low-intensity explosion Saturday at a
private hospital, less than three km from the Taj Mahal, police
"Four people were injured in the blast at the hospital," Deputy
Inspector General of Police, Agra Range, Assem Arun told IANS.
The explosion took place around 5.30 p.m. at the reception of Jai
Hospital, situated on a service lane of National Highway-2, barely
2.5 km away from Taj Mahal, a declared terror target and
frequented by thousands of tourists, Indian and foreigners.
Security at the Taj Mahal and other places has been beefed up in
the city after the explosion.
"It was a low-intensity explosion. It appears the explosive was
kept under a seat at the hospital's reception area," Uttar
Pradesh's Special Director General of Police Brij Lal told IANS in
"Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) and Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) have
arrived at the site to gather more information about the nature of
the explosion," he added.
In New Delhi, union Home Secretary R.K. Singh said reports
indicated wires and battery parts were found at the blast spot.
He said a team of National Security Guard has been despatched to
the spot, while the state police's ATS was already probing the
Inspector General of Police, Agra Zone, P.K. Tiwari said: "Of the
injured, none is critical. They are being treated at the S.N.
Medical College. The patients who were undergoing treatment at Jai
Hospital are being shifted to other nursing homes."
He said the nature of the explosion suggests that it was a crude
bomb of low density. A 9-volt battery was recovered from the spot,
"We will be able to confirm about the nature of explosion on the
basis of forensic reports," he said and refuted reports that the
explosive was kept inside a tiffin recovered from the reception
"The tiffin we recovered was empty. We cannot link the explosion
with the tiffin that probably belonged to the hospital staff or a
patient's attendant," he said.
At the time of the blast, the afternoon shift of the OPD was
operational. The hospital owner, Dr. Manvendra Singh was attending
to patients and sustained pellet injuries in the blast. A
receptionist and two patients/attendants were the other victims.