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Twin Delhi blasts target movie

New Delhi, May 22: Blasts rocked two Delhi theatres, both screening a film that has angered Sikh religious bodies, within minutes of each other this evening, killing one and injuring at least 40 people.

The large Sunday audience was watching Jo Bole So Nihaal at Karol Bagh’s Liberty hall when a bomb kept under a seat ripped off the first 15 to 20 seats, injuring over 30 people.

The explosion at Patel Nagar’s Satyam cinema occurred in the ground floor toilet. Chief fire officer R.C. Sharma would not confirm a bomb blast.

“Some people said there was an explosion in the air-conditioning and we are looking into it,” he said.

All other theatres in the city were evacuated within minutes. No group has claimed responsibility for the blasts.

The film was withdrawn from all cinemas across Punjab last week following a protest by the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee.

Jagir Kaur, the president of the committee, condemned the blasts, saying the Sikhs were not against the film but some “objectionable” scenes.


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