Police in Kerala have been placed on high alert following a tragic incident at a Sunday prayer convention of the Christian denomination Jehovah’s Witnesses near Kochi.
A series of explosions at the Zamra International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Kalamassery claimed the life of one individual and left approximately two dozen people injured, some critically.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan addressed the media, emphasizing the gravity of the situation, stating, “The incident was unfortunate, and the police have taken it very seriously. Senior officials, including the state DGP, have moved to Kochi. Among the injured, the condition of two is serious.”
The incident unfolded during a gathering of Jehovah’s Witnesses, where around 2,500 faithful from across the state had congregated for a prayer session.
Eyewitnesses recounted that the blasts occurred in the midst of the convention, with the first explosion erupting shortly after the day’s prayer session began at 9:30 am.
An eyewitness shared, “The blast took place five minutes after the prayer session started. There was a series of blasts from the stage of the convention hall, which had around 2,000 people. The three-day convention began on Friday and was slated to conclude on Sunday.”