Kerala Blast Highlights: One person died and over 20 injured after multiple explosions took place at a prayer meeting of Jehovah's Witnesses in the Kalamassery area of Kerala's Kochi on Sunday morning, police said. State Industries Minister P Rajeev said the blast site is cordoned off and police and fire rescue have been pressed into service.
Investigation team recovered batteries, wires, circuits and mobile phones from bomb blast site
Investigation teams recovered batteries, wires, circuits and mobile phones from the location of bomb blast site near Kochi in Kerala. However, the container in which the bomb was assembled is yet to be traced, reported CNN-News 18.
Bomb blast accused wanted to burn the whole place, says report
Amid the ongoing investigation of the twin blast case at a prayer hall in Kerala, agencies have found that the blast was planned with an aim to burn down the whole place, reported CNN News-18
Kerala twin bomb blast accused learnt bomb-making online, says report
The main intention of the explosion at a prayer hall in Kerala was to burn the whole place. The bomb blast accused had learnt making bomb with the help of videos available on the internet, reported CNN-News 18 citing sources.
Kerala blast LIVE Updates: Police record arrest of blast suspect
Kerala blast LIVE updates: Kerala Police, on Monday, formally recorded the arrest of the man who claimed responsibility for the bomb blasts at a Christian religious gathering in Kerala on Sunday. The bomb blast, hass killed three persons and injured over 50 people.
Kerala CM, Union Minister Chandrasekhar trade verbal blows over Kochi blasts
Kerala CM and MOS Rajeev Chandrasekhar, on Monday, exchange verbal comments against each other on twin blasts that took place at a prayer hall in Kochi on Sunday.
Kerala blast LIVE updates: CM Pinarayi Vijayan criticises Rajeev Chandrasekhar for his comments
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan criticised Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar for his remark Kerala government after twin blast. He said Rajeev Chandrasekhar's distorted mind cannot see the situation.
"I am not asking what is wrong with him. He is a man who has entered politics because he is well-versed in BJP politics. I had spoken to the Union Home Minister the other day and informed him in detail about the matter. His (Rajeev Chandrasekhar) remarks and those of his associates were aimed at a certain section. It is only because Rajeev Chandrasekhar's distorted mind cannot see it, and that is why it is not possible to destroy Kerala's identity," he said.
Kerala blast LIVE Updates: ‘Should pull the shutters down on agency of lies and hatred’ CPI leader lashes out at Union Minister Chandrasekhar
Kerala blast LIVE updates: CPI leader Brinda Karat lashed out at Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar and said, "He should pull the shutters down on his agency of lies and hatred. Kerala is characterised by its religious tolerance and sends the message of communal harmony to the country and the world."
“The Kerala government should take immediate action and bring whoever is behind the (twin blast) incident to book," Karat added.
Kerala blast LIVE updates: CPI leader hits back at Union Minister Rajeev Chandrashekhar over his remark on growing radicalism in Kerala
Kerala blast LIVE Updates: CPI (M) leader and Politburo member Brinda Karat on Monday hit back at the Union Minister Rajeev Chandrashekhar over his claim of increasing radicalism in Kerala. The Union Minister had alleged that the left government is showing increased tolerance towards "radicalism and radicalisation".
In response to his allegations, senior CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat accused him of being an "agent of communal hate speech and lies".
Kerala blast Live updates: CM meets victims of blast in Kochi
Kerala Chief Minister visited the blast site and also met the people who are undergoing treatment of their injury incurred due to the blast.
“Visited the Zamra International Convention & Exhibition Centre at Kalamassery today to assess the situation after yesterday's blast. Met with the grieving relatives of Kumari and Leona Paulus. Also, checked in on those receiving treatment at the medical college, ensuring they get necessary care. The investigation is progressing efficiently. Let's face this with restraint and unity, and steer clear of unnecessary controversies," tweeted Kerala CM.
Kerala blast live: CM urges people to ‘steer clear of any controversy’
After visiting the blast site, Kerala CM, on Monday, urged people to steer clear of controversies in connection with blasts and face the issue with restraint and unity.
Kerala blast latest updates: Kerala Chief Minister says probe in blast case progressing efficiently
Kerala blast live updates: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, on Monday, visited he blast site in Kochi. After his visit, he said that the probe into blasts at religious gathering is progressing efficiently.
Kerala blasts live updates: Kerala CM visits explosion site
Kerala blasts latest updates: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan visited the blast site to take stock of the situation on Monday. The Chief Minister was accompanied by Congress MP Hibi Eden, Ministers P Rajeev, Veena George and Collector N S K Umesh.
Kerala blasts: Rajeev Chandrasekhar slams Kerala CM Vijayan's jibe calling BJP poisonous
While addressing a press briefing in Kochi, Union Minister of State for Electronics Rajeev Chandrasekhar said, "To accuse me of being communal, or to accuse our party of doing anything other than looking after the best interest of every Indian, is to be a liar. He (Pinarayi Vijayan) is a liar...If not having links with the SDPI, PFI and Hamas is the qualification for being called communal, I am proud to say that nobody in BJP has any linkages with SDPI, PFI and Hamas."
Kerala blasts : BJP chief JP Nadda calls Left government remained ‘silent spectator’ when Hamas leader addressed a meeting
BJP chief JP Nadda called Left government a ‘silent spectator’ when a leader of Hamas addressed a virtual meeting organised in Kerala.
Kerala blasts: Rahul Gandhi condemns Kerala blasts, calls it "deeply disturbing"
Rahul Gandhi in a post on X on October 29 condemned the incident that took away 3 lives so far and called it "deeply disturbing."
Kerala blasts: CPI state secretary says 'investigate if it has a connection with the Palestine issue’
Communist Party of India (Marxist) state secretary M V Govindan said, "Kalamassery incident should be seen as a very serious incident. In today's time when the world is expressing solidarity with Palestine, the people of Kerala are standing for the people of Palestine. Whoever takes a stand, capable of diverting attention from it will be dealt with seriously. The state government and the democratically aware people should stand together and condemn this."
He added, "We have to investigate if it has a connection with the Palestine issue. When we politically analyse, in such a situation an incident like this is part of terror activity. It should be very seriously investigated. We cannot call it an accident when there are parts of bomb found there. Let's not approach with a preconceived notion. Let them investigate."
Kerala blasts: BJP-led NDA blocks Kerala Secretariat to protest against alleged misrule
The BJP-led NDA raised a protest today morning in front of three of the four gates of the Kerala Secretariat against alleged misrule of the Left government in the state while a large number of BJP followers gathered outside three gates around 6 am.
Kerala blasts: Here is the list of ministers who attended all-party meeting chaired by Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan
Kerala Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan, chaired an all-party meeting in the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram today. The meeting took place in the Chief Minister's Conference Hall at the State Secretariat. Attendees included PK Kunjalikutty from IUML, VT Belram from Congress, PC Chacko from NCP, Mathew T Thomas from JDS, Monce Joseph from Kerala Congress, P Sudheer from CPI, C Krishna Kumar from BJP, and ministers K Rajan, Roshi Augustin, Antony Raju, A K Sasindran and Kadannapally Ramachandran, CPI (M) state secretary M V Govindan and opposition leader V D Satheesan.
Kerala blasts: Kerala Health Minister says 4 of the blast victims are ‘critically ill, 3 of them are on ventilators’
Kerala Health Minister Veena George on October 30 said that 17 people are battling burn injuries sustained in October 29 explosion at a religious gathering in Kalamassery while 12 of them in intensive care units.
Kerala blasts: Chief Minister Office says do not indulge in baseless accusations, speculations and rumours following all-party meet
Chief Minister Office stated that people should not to indulge in baseless accusations, speculation campaigns and rumour-mongering following all-party meet in Kerala.
Kerala blasts: Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar says ‘a very difficult time for the families of those who lost their loved ones’
Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar says, "I have come here on behalf of all my colleagues and the government to visit these patients and the victims of this bomb blast, to see how they are progressing... I will visit the bomb blast site after this... I am grateful to the hospital staff here for treating and saving lives... It is certainly a very difficult time for the families of those who lost their loved ones," following visit to the Government Medical College, Kalamassery.
Kerala blasts: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan calls for an all-party meeting today
Pinarayi Vijayan led Kerala government has announced a special 20-member team to inquire the blast. Vijayan also called for an all-party meeting today. Over the blast incident he said, “What happened in Kalamassery is very unfortunate."
Kerala blasts: Following explosion “the smoke engulfed the hall, it became difficult to breathe," bomb blast survivor recounts
Middle-aged woman from Kadavanthra said, “We were seated towards the rear of the hall. When I opened my eyes, there was fire and smoke in the middle of the hall. Everyone was confused as to what really happened. Soon, the smoke engulfed the hall, and it became difficult to breathe, especially for the elderly."
Kerala blasts: “I was shaken, I opened my eyes to see fire, smoke in the hall," bomb blast survivor recounts
On October 29, multiple explosions occurred at Zamra International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Kalamassery, on the outskirts of Kochi. Survivor named Michael said, “I was shaken, and I opened my eyes to see fire and smoke in the hall. It took place in the middle of the hall near where the console was placed. I was just five rows behind, " who was dressed in a purple shirt and black cotton pants.
Kerala blasts: Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar says ‘Dirty shameless appeasement politics by a discredited CM’
Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar said, “Dirty shameless appeasement politics by a discredited CM (and HM) @pinarayivijayan besieged by corruption charges Sitting in Delhi and protesting against Israel, when in Kerala open calls by Terrorist Hamas for Jihad is causing attacks and bomb blasts on innocent Christians."
Kerala blasts: Kerala CM slams BJP says 'Those who're poisonous will keep spitting poison'
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on October 29 slammed BJP leader and Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar for his remark and accused him of "appeasement politics."
Kerala CM Vijayan said, "Those who're poisonous will keep spitting poison...one of the Union Minister made a statement that I am doing appeasement politics and protesting against Israel...he is a minister and he should give some minimum respect to the investigating agencies, the probe is underway...in such a serious incident, at such an early stage, they are making such statements targeting a few set of people."
Kerala blasts: Do not ‘cause problems by spreading rumours’ says leader of opposition
Leader of opposition in the Kerala assembly and Congress leader VD Satheesan said, “Let a serious police investigation take place. Let the real details come out. Everyone should take care not to cause problems by spreading rumours. Those admitted to the hospitals should get the best treatment."
Kerala blasts: Kerala governor condemns blast
Kerala governor Arif Mohammad Khan condemned the blasts and said, “The way this blast has been used to disturb the congregation is absolutely condemnable. I am sure that the law & order enforcement agencies will act in a manner so that there is no repetition of such an act."
Kerala blasts: ‘Bomb blasts in Kerala, deplorable and deeply disturbing’ says NCP president Sharad Pawar
NCP president Sharad Pawar condemned the bomb blasts in Kerala and termed them as deplorable and deeply disturbing.
Kerala blasts: Delhi and Mumbai on high alert following the multiple explosions
Delhi and Mumbai were put on high alert on October 29, following the multiple explosions that killed three person and injured several others at a prayer meeting in Kerala.
“Delhi Police is on high alert after the blast in the convention centre, in Kalamassery, Kerala and Special vigil is being kept in crowded places," a police statement said.
“Special vigil" was being kept in crowded places in Delhi and security arrangements were being tightened at churches across Delhi said police.
Kerala blasts: 'Jehovah's Witnesses' teachings were “antinational”' Suspected convict Dominic Martin says
Dominic Martin said he believed the Jehovah's Witnesses' teachings to be "antinational" about six years ago. He also said that he had tried to talk to the group about changing their views.
Kerala blasts: Suspected convict Dominic Martin was not a registered member of 3-day event at Kalamassery
Regional spokesperson for the Jehovah's Witnesses TA Sreekumar told Reuters that suspected convict Dominic Martin was not a registered member of the group. He said around 2,300 people attended the three-day event but was unaware if Martin was present.
Kerala blasts: Death toll rises to 3 with death of 12-year-old girl today
According to an official statement, the death toll from the blasts at a Christian religious gathering near port city of Kerala rose to three when 12-year-old girl succumbed to her injuries on Monday .
Kerala blasts: CM slams union minister for his social media posts
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday slammed senior BJP leader and Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar for his social media posts criticising him over a blast at a convention centre in Kalamassery, saying it was part of his communal stand.
Without naming Chandrasekhar, he, during a press conference here, sought to know based on what information the union minister made such remarks against him and how a person holding a responsible position could come out with such statements while the investigation was going on. (PTI)
Kerala blasts: 14-member medical team constituted to monitor situation
Kerala Health Minister Veena George on Sunday said that a 14-member medical board is monitoring the entire situation following the blasts at the convention centre of a Christian group in Kochi, which claimed at least two lives and left several injured. (ANI)
‘Opened my eyes to see fire, smoke...': Eyewitnesses recall Kerala serial blast horror
At least one woman was killed, and 36 others injured in the blasts triggered by an improvised explosive device (IED) at the prayer meeting at Jehovah’s Witnesses at a convention center in Kerala's Kochi, said police on Sunday.
Stating about the incident, an eyewitness VK Michael, a man in his 50s, said that he closed his eyes for the opening prayer on the final day of a three-day zonal conference of the Christian group Jehovah’s Witnesses at a convention center.
Adding more, he said that nearly 2,500 others present at the conference also closed their eyes in unison, and barely a minute into the prayer, there was a loud blast inside the hall.
Kerala Blast LIVE: State Ministers visits Kalamasery's Medical College; meets injured people
Following blasts in Ernakulam district in Kerala, state Ministers K Rajan, VN Vasavan, Antony Raju, Mayor M Anilkumar and others visited Medical College in Kalamasery and met the injured in the blast at Zamra Convention Centre on Sunday. (ANI)
Kerala Blast LIVE: Police warn of 'strict action' against fake social media posts
Kerala Police on Sunday issued a warning against propagating fake news through social media platforms regarding the incident of a serial blast that took place at a prayer meeting in Kalamassery.
"Action will be taken against those spreading fake news," Kerala Police Chief Shaik Darvesh Saheb said in a statement. He said that the police have intensified round-the-clock surveillance on social media to detect accounts spreading such fake messages. (ANI)
Kerala Blast LIVE: ‘Everyone must refrain from fake social media campaigns’, says Kerala Minister
Addressing a press conference, Kerala Minister P Rajeev said, as quoted by news agency ANI, "Police are conducting the investigation…we can only reach some conclusions after a thorough investigation. 6 people are currently in critical condition, total 18 are admitted in the ICU. Efforts are underway to save the lives of all the injured. CM Pinarayi Vijayan has called an all-party meeting tomorrow…everyone must refrain from fake social media campaigns…Kerala always faces such situations with unity…"
Kerala Blast LIVE: 'This is a horrific tragedy', says Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan
Speaking to reporters, Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan said, as quoted by news agency ANI, "...This is a horrific tragedy...These things are absolutely unacceptable in the rule of law society, in a democracy...The way this blast has been used to disturb the congregation is absolutely condemnable...I am sure that the law & order enforcement agencies will act in a manner so that there is no repetition of this kind never in future..."
Kerala Blast LIVE: Man puts out video message claiming responsibility for multiple blasts
A man claiming to be a member of Jehovah's Witnesses put up a video message on a social media platform claiming responsibility for the multiple blasts at a Christian religious gathering at Kalamassery here on Sunday morning.
Identifying himself as Martin in the video, which was aired on various TV channels, the man alleged that he took the decision as the teachings of the organisation were "seditious."
No one from the organisation has reacted to his allegations.
Meanwhile, a person claiming to be a member of the religious group told a TV channel that no such person was part of their organisation presently. (PTI)
Kerala Blast LIVE: Explosives used for blasts in Kerala prayer meet were kept in ‘tiffin box’, says report
A "tiffin box" was used to carry explosives at the convention centre in Kerala's Kalamassery, where multiple explosions during a prayer meeting on October 29 killed one person and left at least 45 others injured, a report said.
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Kerala Blast LIVE: Man surrenders before Kerala police; takes responsibility of blasts
A man has surrendered before the Kerala Police in connection with the serial blasts that took place at a prayer meeting in Kalamassery on Sunday morning, said Kerala ADGP (law and order) MR Ajith Kumar.
The alleged accused have been identified as Dominic Martin claiming that he belonged to the same group of sabha.
"One person has surrendered in Kodakra Police Station, in Thrissur Rural, claiming that he has done it. His name is Dominic Martin and he claims that he belonged to the same group of sabha. We are verifying it. We are looking into all aspects of this case...The blast took place in the central part of the hall," Kerala ADGP (law and order) MR Ajith Kumar said on the blast at Zamra International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Kalamassery.
He further said that around 45 people were injured one person died in the incident and the condition of another five persons is serious. (ANI)
Kerala Blast LIVE: Preliminary investigation suggests IEDs used to trigger explosions, says DGP
After one person died and several others were injured in blasts that ripped through a prayer hall during a meeting in Kochi's Kalamassery, the state DGP on Sunday confirmed that there were two explosions.
"Preliminary investigation suggests that IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) were used to trigger the blasts. We are carrying out further investigations," Kerala DGP Shaik Darvesh Saheb told reporters in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday.
Kerala Blast LIVE: Accused surrendered in Kodakra Police Station in Thrissur, says Kerala ADGP
Speaking to reporters, Kerala ADGP (law and order), Ajith Kumar said, as quoted by news agency ANI, "One person has surrendered in Kodakra Police Station, in Thrissur Rural, claiming that he has done it. His name is Dominic Martin and he claims that he belonged to the same group of sabha. We are verifying it. We are looking into all aspects of this case...The blast took place in the central part of the hall..."
Briefing more, the ADGP said, "There was an explosion in the function in which around 45 people were injured one person has died. The condition of another 5 persons is serious. The person who died is suspected to be a lady, she died because of burn injuries the other people are also having burn injuries. All the concerned agencies including central agencies are in place and we are looking into it..."
Kerala Blast LIVE: Kerala Governor condoles death in Kalamassery multiple explosions
Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan expressed grief over the loss of life in the multiple explosions in Kochi's Kalamassery on Sunday morning.
"Shocked to hear about the blast at a religious gathering at #Kalamassery, Ernakulam district, Kerala, killing one person and injuring over 20. Heartfelt condolences to the kin of the deceased and prayers for a speedy recovery of the injured," Kerala Raj Bhavan said in a statement.
Kerala Blast LIVE: ‘Disturbing to note that Kerala is becoming a hotbed…’, says MoS V Muraleedharan
Speaking from Thiruvananthapuram in the wake of blasts on Sunday, the MoS V Muraleedharan said, as quoted by news agency ANI, "I was shocked to learn of the bomb blasts at a convention centre during a prayer meeting of the Christian community. It is disturbing to note that Kerala is becoming a hotbed of incidents bordering on terrorist acts. The Home Minister (Amit Shah) has already spoken to the Kerala chief minister. I also had a telephonic conversation with the CM."
Kerala Blast LIVE: Pinarayi Vijayan convenes all-party meet on Monday
In the wake of a blast at a convention centre at Kalamassery in Kochi, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on 29 October called for an all-party meeting here on Monday. In the balst, one woman died and over 36 others were injured that took place at the convention centre on Sunday morning during a gathering of the Jehovah's Witnesses – a Christian religious group that originated in the US in the 19th century.
A CMO statement said that Vijayan called for an all-party meeting on Monday at 10.00 am in the Chief Minister's conference hall in the Secretariat complex. Earlier in the day, state Police Chief DGP Shaik Darvesh Saheb confirmed that the blast was caused due to an improvised explosive device (IED).
With PTI inputs.
Kerala Blast LIVE: ‘Shocked and dismayed’, Shashi Tharoor after twin blasts rock prayer meet
“Shocked and dismayed by the news of a bomb attack on a religious gathering in Kerala. I condemn it unreservedly & demand swift police action. But that's not enough. To see my state falling prey to the mentality of killing and destruction is tragic. I urge all religious leaders to unite in condemning such barbarism & teaching their followers that violence achieves nothing but more violence," Shashi Tharoor, the Thiruvananthapuram MP, posted from his official handle on X.
Kerala Blast LIVE: ‘Situation under control’, says Congress MLA Uma Thomas Kerala
After a series of blasts that took place at a prayer meeting at Zamra International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Kalamassery area in Ernakulam district on Sunday, Congress MLA from Kerala's Thrikakara, Uma Thomas said that the situation is under control.
"I went to Kalamassery Medical College Hospital. The situation is under control. Only one serious case is there. They are shifting that patient to another private hospital..." Thomas said while speaking to ANI in Kerala's Thrikkakara.
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