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Three petrol bombs hurled near Meenakshi temple in Madurai

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 4:03 IST

Unidentified persons hurled three petrol bombs in the vicinity of the Sri Meenakshi Temple on 5 January night.

  • Police said there were no casualties in the incident.

  • The bombs were hurled within a span of two hours late last night. However, only one of it exploded. Broken beer bottles were recovered from the site, police said.

  • The incident occurred few hours after the National Investigation Guards (NSG) reviewed security arrangements in the temple.

  • NSG DSP Viswanathan and his team inspected the CCTV arrangements, queue system, and scanning equipments.

  • Police said sufficient protection cover was in place in the temple and its vicinity.

  • Mani, a local resident, said he heard a loud noise in the night and saw people running helter-skelter. Personnel from the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) and Special Investigation Cell (SIC) inspected the area.

  • SIU personnel said it seemed that some miscreants exploded the bombs with an intention to create panic. Initial investigation ruled out the terror angle.

  • Temple officials were requested to restrict usage of mobile phones inside the temple and use jammers, Viswanathan said.

  • Some changes in the security system have been suggested, he said.

First published: 6 January 2016, 10:28 IST