Four injured in a blast in a temple, one arrested

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Jowai, Jun 11 (UNI) Four people, including two children, were seriously injured when a bomb exploded in a temple premise in Meghalaya's Nartiang village in the wee hours today.

The explosion took place at around 0120 hours, when miscreants hurled a crude bomb at the rooftop of the family members of the 500-year-old Durga temple in Eastern India, Jaintia Hills District Superintendent of Police Mukesh Kumar Singh told UNI here.

Those injured had been identified as Shamuli Deshmukh (32), Mala Deshmukh (25), Oni Muskut (6) and Chunu Deshmukh (one and half-year-old girl).

'' The injured have been shifted to Khasi Jaintia Presbyterian hospital in Jowai. The temple is unaffected and everything is intact, '' the SP said.

Mr Singh said one Don Sumer, the prime accused of the incident, had been arrested, while police were on the hunt to trace his two other associates.

'' We have recovered gelatine sticks and fuse wires from the house of Sumer and are interrogating him now, '' he stated.

Preliminary investigation revealed that Sumer had reportedly threatened the priest of the temple two-days ago with dire consequences for raising objections against him for storing bricks in the temple premise.

Meanwhile, Minister in-charge of Revenue and local MLA ECB Bamon from Nartiang condemning the attack said police were on the hunt of those involved in the attack. '' The culprits would be booked and dealt as per law, '' he assured.

Stating that Nartiang had been a relatively peaceful hamlet, Mr Bamon said the administration would ensure that peace and harmony were not disrupted due to the incident.

'' As of now the situation is under control, '' he said Nartiang, the erstwhile summer capital of the Jaintia monarchy, is also a historical and spiritual destination, where the Durga festival is celebrated in the traditional Khasi style.

Perched on a hilltop is the 500-year-old temple of Ma Durga, while nearby is a temple of Lord Shiva and Hishari where vintage cannons of the Sutnga or Jaintia kings are preserved.

Meanwhile, the Central Puja Committee had condemned the blast and urged the government to punish those involved in the barbaric act.

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