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Three blasts rock Uttar Pradesh town, six injured


Lucknow : Six people were injured in three "low intensity" blasts in the heart of Gorakhpur town in Uttar Pradesh Tuesday evening, coming just days after the terror bombing in a Hyderabad mosque.

"Three blasts occurred in quick succession within a span of 15 minutes in Golghar area of the town around 7 p.m." state Principal Home Secretary K. Chandramauli told IANS here.

The bombs were kept inside tiffin boxes planted on bicycles, abandoned at three different places – near a petrol pump, a restaurant and outside some shops.

"The fact that the victims received only minor injuries and the damage caused by the blasts was only marginal, indicates that the explosives used were of low intensity," he added.

Chandramauli said: "It could be the handiwork of mischief mongers intending to incite religious violence in the communally sensitive town."

However, the role of extremists was also not being ruled out.

"We are not taking any chances and the local administration has been advised to take all necessary steps to contain the panic among people," he added.

Meanwhile, police vigil has been intensified not only in Gorakhpur, 250 km from here, but also in all communally sensitive cities of the state, particularly in the Hindu temple town of Ayodhya, barely 100 km from the eastern Uttar Pradesh town.