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Two injured in ‘parcel bomb’ explosion at Moga courier shop

They have been referred to Ludhiana DMC&H hospital and Moga civil hospital.

punjab Updated: Sep 27, 2018 13:33 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Moga
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The incident took place in a shop in Moga market. (HT Photo)

A parcel bomb meant to be delivered to Sangrur exploded at a courier shop in Chamber Road on Wednesday, injuring the shop owner, Vikas Sood, 50, and a customer, Rakesh Tayal. The parcel contained a battery explosive and sharp nails.

With the explosion coming just ten days after four low-intensity blasts hit the Maqsudan police station in Jalandhar district, there was initial panic with senior police officials, including Ferozepur Range inspector general Mukwinder Singh Chhina, rushing to the spot.

On Thursday, the forensic team from Chandigarh revealed that a live bomb was also found during investigation.

Moga SP Pritipal Singh said an inspection of the packaging of the parcel had revealed that it was sent from Shahkot and was meant to be delivered at Rajyana House, Patiala Gate, in Sangrur. “An unidentified middle-aged man left the parcel at the shop, claiming that there were T-shirts inside. The shop owner opened the parcel after he got suspicious as it did not have the complete address and mobile number of the sender,” the police added.

Sood was referred to the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital in Ludhiana; Tayal is admitted to a Moga hospital. Sahil Sood, the owner’s son, said, “Our family is in shock. We have no rivalry with anyone.”

IG Chinna said that the parcel contained low-intensity explosives.

A senior police officer from Chandigarh told HT that preliminary investigation had revealed the case to be of personal rivalry and ruled out any terror angle to the blast.

First Published: Sep 26, 2018 15:10 IST