Maur, Jan 31: At least three persons were killed and 15 others injured in a powerful blast near a rally of a Congress candidate in Punjab's Bathinda city on Tuesday evening. The exact nature of the blast is not known as yet.
Those killed include two adults and a boy. Their identity has not been ascertained yet.
The police suspect that a pressure cooker with Improvised Explosive Device exploded inside a Maruti car. The possibility of it being a cylinder blast as the car was run on LPG is also not being ruled out.
Explosion in a car in Bathinda's Maur mandi. 3 dead: SDM Latif Ahmed #Punjab— ANI (@ANI_news) January 31, 2017
The incident took place at Maur Mandi, about 200 km from Chandigarh, close to where Congress candidate Harminder Jassi was addressing a rally.
SDM Latif Ahmed confirmed three deaths due to the blast. Punjab will be going to polls on February 4.