No sabotage in Belur Math blast, says police

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Howrah: Preliminary investigation by the police suggests no trace of sabotage in the Belur math blast on Friday. Police said that the blast was caused by ‘chocolate bombs’, a kind of fire crackers normally used during celebrations. However, security has been beefed up in and around Belur Math.

“There had been an outpost here. Now, at least 4-5 police officers would be present at this place round the clock and senior officers would be visiting at regular intervals,” said a senior police officer of Howrah Police Commissionerate, who is looking into the incident.

“On April 3, at about 5.45 pm, a sound was heard within the Math, near the shoe stall. It was later found out by the police that it was a sound of a fire cracker. Because of the prompt action of the police, devotees and visitors didn’t become panicky,” said Shantanu Maharaj of the Ramkrishna Mission, Belur Math.

He also said that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had been in touch with them and had extended all help. “More CCTVs would be installed for increased vigilance,” he said.

Police are investigating the case. No one has been arrested in the case so far.

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