Two persons sustained injuries in separate incidents on Monday when they stepped on an explosive on Kalasipalya Main Road.
The injured were identified as Damodar Charan, an M.Sc. student of Bangalore University, and Ramgopal, salesman in an electronic shop on J.C. Road. They were rushed to Victoria hospital and discharged after treatment.
The first explosion occurred when Charan, resident of Devasandra, alighted from a bus at Kalasipalya and was walking towards the City Market bus-stop to board a bus to Jnanabharathi campus. Charan was injured in his right leg when something he stepped on the way to the bus-stop exploded. Ramgopal was heading to his workplace after alighting from a bus when the explosion occurred injuring his legs. Shopkeepers informed the Kalasipalya police. The police personnel collected samples from the spot of explosions, and sent them to the Forensic Science Laboratory.
Explosives meant for poachers?
Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Kamal Pant ruled out the possibility of subversive activities behind the explosions in Kalasipalya on Monday.
The police suspect that the material that caused two explosions in Kalasipalya was meant for poachers and hunters to kill wild animals, especially boars, and might have been dropped while being transported by suspected poachers. The garlic sized explosives are prepared using ammonium nitrate, potassium nitrate, glycerine and urea. They are coated with wheat flour or other edibles to tempt the prey. A single bite would blow off the jaws of the wild animal, sources in the police said.