Box Explodes At Railway Station In Karnataka's Hubballi, 2 Injured

Box Explodes At Railway Station In Karnataka's Hubballi, 2 Injured

Two people were injured after a box exploded at a railway station in Hubballi in Karnataka, the police said today. The police said they are trying to find out whether the box contained firecrackers or other explosive material.

The blast happened when a man picked an unclaimed parcel at the railway station, a major junction where the headquarters of the South Western Railway Zone is located, news agency Press Trust of India reported.

"Due to the explosion, one person was injured and a glass nearby was broken," said a police officer.

He said it was not a big explosion. Soon after the incident, the Railway Police and other officials rushed to the spot.

The platform has been cordoned off and an extensive search operation has been launched, the police said. The two injured people have been taken to hospital.

"The explosion took place on platform number 1. The state police and the Railway police are jointly investigating the matter. The box that exploded was inside the train. One of the injured man brought it out and tried to open it. His palm has been injured," said a senior Railway Police officer. 

Hubballi, known for its handloom textiles and a trading hub of iron and cotton, is a town in northern Karnataka, 410 km from state capital Bengaluru.

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