In a significant development, a man has surrendered to the authorities at the Kodakra Police Station in Thrissur, Kerala, taking responsibility for the tragic blast that occurred at the Zamra International Convention & Exhibition Centre in Kalamassery. The Kerala Police announced this development on Sunday.
The individual, identified as Dominic Martin, presented himself at the police station and submitted certain pieces of evidence related to the incident. According to the police, Martin claims to be a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses church.
The explosion, which took place during a prayer meeting of Jehovah’s Witnesses, resulted in the loss of one life and left more than 20 people injured. The injured were promptly admitted to various hospitals in the area, with some in critical condition.
Kerala Health Minister Veena George provided an update on the victims, stating, “52 people admitted to different hospitals…30 people are admitted here, out of which 18 are in ICU, and 6 are critically injured, among those 6, one is a 12-year-old child. The rest of the injured are in other private hospitals…the dead person has not been identified yet.”
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan expressed his condolences and termed the incident as “highly unfortunate.” He emphasized that the state government is taking the situation seriously and actively collecting details. Top police officials, including the state Director General of Police (DGP), have been dispatched to the scene to oversee the investigation.
Pinarayi Vijayan also reached out to Union Home Minister Amit Shah to discuss the incident. Amit Shah assured the Chief Minister of all possible assistance and support from the Central government in conducting a thorough investigation into the incident to determine the responsible parties.
As the investigation unfolds, further details about the circumstances surrounding the blast, the suspect’s motives, and any potential links to broader organizations will be crucial in understanding this tragic incident. The focus remains on justice and ensuring the safety and security of the community.