New Delhi, Sep 30: Blasts marked the beginning of Navaratri festival this season. Two low intensity blasts rocked Gujarat and communally sensitive Malegaon in Maharashtra on Monday, Sep 29 nignt at 2130 hrs. According to reports, three were dead and seven injured in Malegaon, Maharashtra while one was killed and nine injured in a blast in Modasa town in Sabarkantha district of Gujarat. Though Gujarat was on high alert after 17 crude bombs were recovered from Ahmedabad area, Malegaon was in for a shock.
Following the same sequence of Mehrauli blast in Delhi, two men came on a motorcycle and threw the bomb at the Suka market in Modasa.
The blast was so severe that it destroyed two motorcycles parked nearby and an electric pole, police said. The police cordoned off the area and a sniffer dog squad was rushed along with the bomb disposal squad.
According to initial reports, crude bombs were used in the two blasts. Meanwhile, Gujarat Minister of State for Home Amit Shah condemned the blast and said the situation in Modasa was under control.
The blast in Malegaon occurred outside Noorani Masjid. Following the blasts, a mob attacked the police station in the vicinity and the police had to fire in the air to control the agitating crowd.
The panic after the blast led to a stampede in which several people including three policemen were injured, police said.