Mangaluru blast: Cooker bomb had capacity to blow up bus, reveals probe

Bengaluru, Nov 22 (IANS): The cooker bomb which exploded in an auto rickshaw on the outskirts of Mangaluru city on November 19, had the capacity to explode a bus, investigations revealed on Tuesday.

According to sources, the cooker was filled with extremely powerful gel.

The device had a detonator along with a plus and minus connecting unit. While it went off, the power connection to the detonator failed. The gel had caught fire and thick smoke emanated from the auto following the low-intensity blast.

Had the bomb exploded to its full capacity, the auto would have turned into a mangled heap damaging other vehicles on the road leading to loss of lives, as per the preliminary investigation of the Forensic Science experts.

Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is already working on unearthing connection with the national or international terror groups.

"No doubt they had targeted us. We have taken it seriously. Karnataka police had caught 18 sleeper cells and sent terror suspects to the Tihar Jail.

In spite of that they are trying to have control. They are carrying out activities with the cooperation of neighbouring states. This is an issue of national security. The original name of the arrested suspected terrorist, his connections, identity was tracked within 24 hours, CM Bommai explained.

Mangaluru Police Commissioner N. Shashikumar stated that the health condition of the auto driver Purushottam Poojari has improved. He also visited suspected terrorist Mohammad Shariq who is being treated in Kankanady hospital.

He clarified that the CCTV footage in which two persons are found to be roaming is not connected with the case and the persons seen in the footage are passengers.

Meanwhile, SDPI, considered the political wing of the PFI, has ruled out any link with the blast.

SDPI State General Secretary Bhaskara Prasad clarified that there is no connection with the cooker blast case and the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI). "Some time ago an incident of explosion had taken place in Mangaluru. First it was claimed to be an act of terror. When the suspect's name turned out to be Aditya Rao, the case was projected as an act of a mentally unstable man," he said.



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  • Rao, Udupi

    Wed, Nov 23 2022

    Let us not take this incident lightly. We were fortunate that major casualty did not happen. Let us be careful. Any suspicious event needs to be reported to police. Also we should not politicize terror events. We will understand this better only when this happens to our near or dear ones.

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  • Sandeep Vincent, Nagori

    Wed, Nov 23 2022

    Only you are taking it lightly Sir. It is no secret that population is close to 30% now, soon you will see more trouble like how it is in Kerala, J&K and Pakistan. Kafirs are the target. God saved us this time.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Wed, Nov 23 2022

    This could have been a big disaster; now, best is to find who gave him the PC, and henceforth start selling high volume PCs under strict control with Aadhaar card proof etc.!! Incidentally, there was reportedly another incident of spontaneous fire in another auto somewhere else, and also a tourist bus plying from Pune to Udipi got engulfed in fire near Huballi supposedly due to sudden tyre burst??

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  • Rajesh, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 23 2022

    Basically this is a local problem meaning within karnataka -- Hijab -- Halal -- etc etc Minority bashing -- leading to some youth getting frustrated -- Misguided - -Lone wolf -- NOW Making up stories of a grand international design -- by ISIS --is all hog wash -- -- maybe leanings but best left -- So Ruling dispensation has to focus not to create divisions ---- THE PULWAMA attack helped in BJP coming back to power -- So there is a sinister pattern --

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  • Pramod kumar, Manglore

    Wed, Nov 23 2022

    Did 26/11 helped congress to come back to power in 2009 ?

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  • Jason pinto, london

    Wed, Nov 23 2022

    guys please remember.think before you post. any body supporting these terrorists will be called by NIA for questioning.please dont support these terrorist.they are disgraceful to the society

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  • Sandeep Vincent, Nagori

    Wed, Nov 23 2022

    Correct. People backing terrorism should be intorrogated and deported to place where they belong. Coastal Karnataka is haven for humans and no place for terorists. God saved us this time. God is great.

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  • SRM, Shirva/mumbai

    Wed, Nov 23 2022

    While praveen nettaru murder case time he (bhasker prasad) was missing

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  • BDS, Udupi

    Tue, Nov 22 2022

    No need to prolong this case, as the truth is out with proof, hang him to death immediately in order to teach others a lesson because he is not dead like Mubin

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  • Manoj, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 23 2022

    Terrorists have no religion. Investigation should continue and NIA has to catch the master mind and other people involved or linked in financing. There might be planned or failed serial or multiple attacks like Bombay blasts some years ago. Sad part is multi cultural and peace loving Mangaluru image is getting spoiled.

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  • Raman, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 22 2022

    How does this amateur get bomb making material .. gel etc All in all a crude bomb But which could have created a major catastrophe...... Hope lessons are learnt .. constant vigilance surveillance.. intelligence key ... In all aspects .. misguided youth .. harmony ..temperature to cool down both sides for benefit of society.. peace ..and prosperity..

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  • Observer, Mangaluru

    Tue, Nov 22 2022

    Wishing Auto rickshaw driver Purushottam Poojari a speedy recovery . After this incident the adavatage availed by one of the parties succeeded to cement Vote bank of Billava community of Coastal Karnataka ....

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  • Bala, Kudla

    Wed, Nov 23 2022

    You observe always wrong.So better come with real name. Better pray for Bogra Shariq than Purushottam who is recovering good.

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 22 2022

    Couldn't the police till now elicit information from the man, 'where was he planning it to blast it off' ???

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    Tue, Nov 22 2022

    Why don't you arrest for questioning adhar card losing person All truth will come outt He is losing aadhar card twice and not even informing police Arrest him

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  • Pramod kumar, Manglore

    Tue, Nov 22 2022

    Ok, the problem is with the person who lost aadhar. Not with the man who tried to do bomb blast using the stolen aadhar! Waare waah :)

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  • SB, Mlore

    Wed, Nov 23 2022

    This is their problem . They will not own responsibility. Blame the victims. Steal cattle, & blame the owner for leaving it to graze or not installing CCTV. Dude, what's the guarantee that his iD was indeed lost and not stolen ? . A terrorist's like Shakir, he may look around for his lookalike and steal their aadhar. For a Bomber this is not a major thing to do . These people don't want to discuss the elephant in the room, but blame that the room was not built according to Vaastu.

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  • chandra, Surathkal

    Wed, Nov 23 2022

    yuo should be the head of NIA and India's security advisor

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  • NM Prabhu, KIREM/Dubai

    Tue, Nov 22 2022

    Now that the full identity and the home address of the accused has been confirmed ....Yogi model type of punishment has to be executed ....only this can prevent future such incidences... Bulldozer effect is the best remedy ...

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  • Ayesha, Nejar/Santekatte

    Wed, Nov 23 2022

    Yes, need of the hour. South states are under terror target.

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  • Sanjeev, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 23 2022

    Finance coming from gulf countries will be stopped. Bulldozer effects.

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