"As per our information, nobody involved with the High Commission was either injured nor was the car damaged in any form. I may also clarify that this was not the High Commission's vehicle. This was a local car hired by the High Commission," Syed Akbaruddin, Official Spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs, told reporters here.
He said while the High Commissioner was attending a function in Khulna yesterday, there were crude bomb explosions approximately 20 meters away from where his car was parked. Following the incident, the Indian High Commission was in contact with Bangladeshi authorities looking into the case and there was "no cause of concern". "Since those explosions, High Commissioner has received a large number of calls conveying concern to him and assuring him that all security will be provided to him and all High Commission officials.
So, we have no cause for concern there. "Our High Commission is in touch with Bangladeshi authorities who are investigating the case and let us wait for the outcome of those investigations before jumping to any conclusion whether this was even an attack related to the High Commission at all," the spokesperson said.
He said the High Commissioner there has continued his engagements in Khulna. "Today he is in Jessore visiting the Ramakrishna Mission there and he will fly back to Dhaka in accordance with his pre-scheduled programme," the official added.