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A string of nine bomb blasts one after another shook Karnataka’s capital during the busy lunch hour today, leaving two killed and 20 injured.
The crude bombs, concealed near refugee camps and roadside stuffed with nuts and bolts, exploded between 1.30 p.m. and 1.45 p.m. at Adugodi, Madivala, Nayandahalli, Mysore Road, Richmond Circle, Pantharapalya and Vittal Mallya Road.
Two persons were killed and 12 injured in the blasts, Home Minister Shivraj Patil said in New Delhi.
A woman waiting at a bus stop in Madivala on the Bangalore-Hosur Road was killed in the blast, while her husband and another person were seriously injured.
Four of the blasts were between Hosur Road and Madiwala; the other three at Nayandahalli, Vittal Mallya Road and Richmond Circle, City Police Commissioner Shankar Bidari told reporters.
Except in two places, low intensity explosives were used for the blasts, which occurred within a few minutes of each other, he said.
Police have recovered gelatin sticks, mainly used in quarry operations, from one of the blast sites.
No group claimed immediate responsibility for the blasts. However, sources in the Union Home Ministry said that the hand of local cadre of banned SIMI was suspected to be behind the blasts and the expertise in assembling the low intensity devices possibly being provided by Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Taiba.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh strongly condemned the serial blasts and asked the people to remain calm and maintain communal harmony. He announced Rs.One lakh ex-gratia to the next of kin of each of the deceased.
|Blaming anti-national and anti-social elements for the serial blasts in Bangalore, the BJP government in Karnataka today said they seemed to be part of a pre-determined plan to malign it. Describing the blasts as a ‘cowardly act’ aimed at spreading panic and disrupting peace and normalcy, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa today directed police to constitute a special team to probe the explosions.
Speaking after an emergency cabinet meeting which reviewed the situation arising out of the terror attacks, he said prima-facie, it appeared to be a pre-determined plan to malign his government. Asked who was behind the blasts, Yeddyurappa said it’s too early to say but “it appears to be the handiwork of anti-social, anti-national elements who wanted to create panic in the city.
It’s the handiwork of destructive and anti-national forces. It’s a pre-planned act”.
“Anti-national elements disturbing peace through violent activities will never be allowed to go scot-free”, he said. The blasts took place between 1.30 PM and 2.30 PM, the Chief Minister said adding one person was killed and seven were injured.
He said police have been directed to provide security to all sensitive places like bus stands, railway stations, airport and for the IT-BT (Information Technology-bio Technology) companies. Yeddyurappa said the Centre has been posted about the developments.
Government announced Rs one lakh for the family of the woman who was killed in the blasts. The injured would get between Rs 25,000 and Rs 50,000, he said and appealed to the people to remain calm and maintain peace.