Truck with inflammable chemical explodes at Attari check-post

An Indian tanker exploded soon after hydrogen peroxide, an inflammable chemical, was transferred from a Pakistani tanker at Integrated Check-Post on the Indo-Pak border here on Wednesday, sparking panic in the high-security area.

Attari (Amritsar): An Indian tanker exploded soon after hydrogen peroxide, an inflammable chemical, was transferred from a Pakistani tanker at Integrated Check-Post on the Indo-Pak border here on Wednesday, sparking panic in the high-security area.

No one was injured, though BSF personnel and Pakistani Rangers went into a tizzy after the powerful explosion which saw the debris scattered "in an area of 2000 square yards".

A magisterial probe has been ordered and the Pakistani side has been informed about the incident, officials said, adding a forensic team from Chandigarh has been dispatched.

Punjab police Inspector Ravinder Singh said that after the transfer of the chemical from a Pakistani truck, leakage began.

"The chemical caught fire and it was followed by a powerful blast, but no causality was reported," he said.

Singh said that at the time of blast, nobody was standing near the Indian tanker as it was morning time.

The Pakistani truck was unharmed and went back.

An Indian official posted at the check-post said that possibility of mischief cannot be ruled out and things would become clear after a thorough investigation.

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