Police rushed to the spot and cordoned off the area. They said no one was injured in the explosion and the car had not suffered much damage, indicating that the bomb was of a very low intensity.
Police recovered two batteries from the spot and collected the damaged parts from the Indica car for examination. The motive for the explosion and the culprits behind it were not known immediately.
The owner of the car, Akbar Ali, an advocate, had parked the vehicle on the road side and was in a nearby building. Ali said he had no animosity with anyomne. "I have no idea who planted the bomb."
"I had left the car along the road around 11.45am and went to my office in a adjacent building. About an hour later I heard a loud noise. I rushed out of the office and was shocked to see my car in flames. People were trying to put out the fire and I joined them," he said.
The explosive device was placed under the driver's seat. Since the bomb exploded when the car was empty, police were not sure whether it was an attempt on Ali's life or the intention of the culprits was just to intimidate him.
Deputy commissioner R Tamil Chandran inspected the spot and conducted inquiries.