Death toll rises to 6 in Bhatinda car blast case, DGP suspects terror angle

Ahead of February 4 polls, 6 have died and 9 suffered injuries in Bhatinda car explosion. DGP Suresh Arora asserted that Forensic experts are investigating on the case. Terror angle is also not ruled out, he added.

The blast had occurred around 8:30 PM Tuesday night shortly after the “jan sabha” of Congress candidate Jassi, who is contesting from Maur Assembly seat.

The blast had occurred in a car which was found to be stolen and was bearing the registration number of a two-wheeler. The chassis and engine number of the vehicle was also removed, police officials said.

The blast was so powerful that it ripped apart the vehicle. Initially, it was suspected that the blast was caused by a LPG cylinder in the car. But later it was found that the car was not running on gas. A burnt pressure cooker was also found near the blast site.

On Tuesday, the Punjab DGP had said, “After initial spot inspection, an act of terrorism cannot be rule out. But only experts can establish the cause of the blast.”

Jassi’s driver, Vikram, yesterday had said: “The explosion occurred when we were leaving the venue of the road show. Our vehicle has also been damaged.”

He had said Jassi “is safe but in shock”.