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Karnataka: Autorickshaw explodes in Mangalore, driver & passenger sustain injuries; Police appeals for calm

Mangaluru Police has said that they are probing the entire incident and the contents of the bag being carried by the passenger are also being probed.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Mangaluru (Karnataka): Two people were injured in a blast in an autorickshaw in Mangaluru in coastal Karnataka on Saturday. Police has appealed to the people for peace. It is not yet clear what caused the explosion. Police is investigating this incident. Mangaluru police chief N Sasikumar said the driver and a passenger were injured in the incident. He asked the people not to panic.

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It is seen in the video of the incident that the auto rickshaw stopped on the road near a building where construction work was going on and it exploded. A passenger was allegedly carrying a plastic bag, which caught fire and spread to the vehicle. Mangaluru Police has said that they are probing the entire incident and the contents of the bag being carried by the passenger are also being probed.

The incident took place around five in the evening. The passenger had a bag. The auto driver said that the fire started in the passenger’s bag. Both have suffered injuries and are undergoing treatment. FSL and the special team are also collecting evidence from the spot. They are checking the contents of the bag.

Police say that at the moment there is no prima facie. The auto driver alleges that he saw the fire. He is undergoing treatment and at present he is unable to speak. Public is requested not to spread rumours. Keep calm and don’t panic. We will update after talking to him.

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