Bhubanswari, India’s biggest fruit market has been attacked by a massive explosion.
The fire was caused by the blasts that took place on Thursday, April 6, and has been plaguing the area for the past two days.
The blasts were caused by a bomb that was planted by a local youth, according to a report in The Indian Express.
In a statement, the district collector of Pune, Kalyan Kumar, said that the explosion at the Bhubane fruit market had killed at least 13 people.
A local journalist and a security guard, who survived the attack, were critically injured.
A bomb disposal team, including four civilians, was rushed to the scene of the blast, which happened at a place called Bhadapuram, which is just a few kilometres from the fruit market.
The blast also hit a police station in the vicinity of the market.
At least 14 people, including five policemen, have been arrested and six people, both women, were admitted to the hospital in critical condition.
The Bhubani fruit market in Bhuj, Pune city is one of the main markets of the fruit growers of Maharashtra, who sell mangoes, apricots, currants and other fruits to foreign tourists.
According to the police, a local resident, a fruit buyer named Dhananjay Singh, had planted the bomb.
“After the blast happened, the police had to rush to the spot to take custody of the culprits.
The accused had also set a trap for the police,” a police officer told The Indian Mirror.
A woman police officer said that after the police arrived, the accused were arrested and a few hours later, the explosives were planted.
A few hours after the blast occurred, the fruit vendors were returning to the market and people were still eating.
The Indian market is the second largest fruit market and is located in the heart of the city, just 30 km from Bhujeon.
Earlier this year, the Bhujaon Police Station had been evacuated due to the threat of a bomb.
After the blasts, the locals have been protesting in the market for two days and have burnt the shop that was used to sell fruit.
However, despite the intense protests, the market has remained unaffected by the blast.