Posted online: Tuesday, March 07, 2006 at 1846 hours IST
Updated: Tuesday, March 07, 2006 at 1923 hours IS
Varanasi, March 7: At least five people were killed and several others injured when two separate explosions rocked near Sankatmochan temple and railway station hereThe first explosion took place outside the temple at around 5 pm when a large number of devotees were present at the peak evening "aarti" time as it was Tuesday, believed to be a special day for Lord Hanuman. Five people died in the explosion and several others were injured.
Minutes later another blast took place outside the room of the station master of the cantonment railway station. Several causalities were feared in the explosion, officials said.
The injured have been rushed to various hospitals, the sources said. The blast at the temple set out panic and a near-stampede situation as devotees scrambled to rush out to safety and workers ferried bleeding injured persons, including several old women, to the hospital.
Rescue workers struggled in narrow lanes and bylanes to bring out the injured from the incident site.The wailing of ambulance and fire brigade sirens drowned the chiming of the temple bells of the evening hour of this temple town