Thiruvananthapuram: State Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has called for an all-party meeting on Monday (tomorrow) following the blast incident at a religious gathering in Kalamacchery, Kerala. The meeting will be held tomorrow at 10 am in the Chief Minister’s conference room in the state assembly, the Chief Minister’s office said.
A special Christian prayer meeting was held today (Oct. 29) in Kalamasery near Ernakulam, Kerala. More than 2000 people attended and worshiped. In this situation, at around 9 am, there were terrible explosions at three places in this meeting. A woman died on the spot. More than 30 people were hospitalized with serious injuries. The condition of 5 people is said to be critical.
Home Minister Amit Shah contacted Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan over the phone and inquired about the incident. He also assured that the central government is ready to provide all assistance. Speaking about the accident, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said, “This is a very unfortunate incident. We are collecting details related to this. All the top officials are concentrated in Ernakulam. I have spoken to the DGP about the incident. Further details will come out after the investigation,” he said. In this situation, Pinarayi Vijayan has called for an all-party meeting in Kerala tomorrow. The Chief Minister, who was in Delhi for this purpose, is returning to Kerala today.
Governor’s condolence: Meanwhile, state Chief Minister Arif Muhammad Khan said, “I was deeply saddened to hear that one person was killed and more than 20 injured in a blast at a religious gathering in Kalamasery. My deepest condolences to the family of the deceased and prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured.”
Union Minister of State Muralitharan: Regarding the incident, Union Minister of State for External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs Muralitharan said, “The blast at a Christian congregation in Kalamasery near Kochi is a shocking incident. It is worrying that Kerala is becoming a place for terrorist acts. The Home Minister has already spoken to the Chief Minister. I have also spoken to the Central Intelligence Agency. “The agencies have already started their investigation. They will look into it seriously and find out why the incident was done by whom. I hope they will find out who is behind it. I request the state government to provide all medical assistance to the injured. We are waiting for the investigation report. After that, further action will be taken,” he said. He said.
Kerala DGP Dr Sheikh Darvesh Saheb He said, “After I go to the spot, special teams will be formed today to investigate the matter. There is no personal information about Sambham. The first phase of the investigation is going on.”
Kerala Minister VN Vasan He said, “This is an unexpected incident. In this incident, a woman has died in the fire. It is not due to the blast. Preliminary reports indicate that two blast incidents have taken place one after the other. 36 people injured in this incident have been admitted to the hospital for treatment. All investigating agencies have started preliminary investigation.”
Meanwhile, Kerala Health Minister Veena George told reporters, “52 people who were injured in the blast incident at a religious gathering in Kalamasery have been admitted to various hospitals. Out of the 18 in the ICU, 6 are critically injured. One of them is a 12-year-old girl. The identity of the deceased is yet to be identified.”
Meanwhile, DGP Shankar Jiwal has ordered the Tamil Nadu Police to intensify surveillance in the border districts of Tamil Nadu bordering Kerala state following the Kalamacchery blast.