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Hyderabad blasts: 12 dead, over 80 injured

Dailybhaskar.com   |  Feb 22, 2013, 05:49AM IST
Hyderabad: Three powerful blasts rocked the city on Thursday evening. At least 10 people were killed and scores injured in the serial blasts. The injured have been rushed to nearby hospitals.
 
The explosions took place after 7 pm near the popular Konark cinema, an elevated bridge used by pedestrians and a bus stand in Dilsukhnagar, which a busy commercial area in the city.
 
According to locals, the first explosion happened at 7.01 pm, the second five minutes later at 7.06 pm and the third a little later. 
 
“It appears to be a terrorist attack, though we have not yet got full information of the incident. At least 15 people are dead,” DGP V Dinesh Reddy told Daily Bhaskar.

Govt had information that there would be blasts: Shinde
 
Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said that the government had information that there would be blasts, but it was not clear which city would be targeted.
 
He confirmed that at least 11 people had died in the two blasts. 
 
The Home Minister said that while eight people had died in the first explosion, at least three people were killed in the second blast. He further said that the death toll was expected to rise. 
 
The Home Minister also said that it was too early to speak about who carried out the blasts. 

NSG team rushed to Hyderabad
 
A team of forensic experts of NSG, the country's premier counter-terror force, was tonight flown to Hyderabad.

The 'post-blasts' analysis team have been sent to Hyderabad, sources said, adding experts from the Chennai hub of the 'black cat' commandos force have also been rushed to the Andhra Pradesh capital. 
 
The NSG, which is also the key force for counter-hijack operations, operates the National Bomb Data Centre (NBDC) which has detail information about such acts in the country. 
 
The team will collect samples from the spot and analyse the 'trigger mechanism' used in the blasts, the sources added.

PM condemns serial blasts, announces compensation for victims
 
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday night condemned the the bomb blsts in Hyderabad. He said those responsible for the "dastardly" act would not go unpunished as he appealed for peace.
 
Singh sanctioned Rs 2 lakh each to the family members of those killed in the blasts and Rs 50,000 each to those seriously injured from the PM's Relief Fund.

BJP condoles loss of lives, demands thorough probe
 
BJP President Rajnath Singh today condoled the loss of lives in Hyderabad blasts and demanded that the government conduct a thorough probe into the incident. 
 
"I express my condolences to the family members of those killed in the blast. This is a condemnable incident. I hope the government will take appropriate action to provide immediate and adequate relief to those injured in the blast," Singh said. 
 
Singh also demanded that a thorough probe be ordered to find out the culprits and bring them to book. He also said government should take steps to prevent recurrence of such incidents in future. 
 
Police sound alert in Karnataka
 
The Karnataka police today sounded a high alert in parts of the state, including IT hub of Bangalore City in the wake of serial bomb blats that rocked Hyderabad. 
Security has been stepped up in sensitive areas, Railway and Bus stations, police said here.
 
Security tightened in Delhi
 
Security was stepped up in the national capital, especially at crowded areas like India Gate and railway stations, today in the wake of the serial blasts in Hyderabad. 
A senior Delhi Police official said its personnel have been alerted and they were keeping a tight vigil on the city. 
 
"We are always on alert. There is nothing to panic. All districts and railways have been alerted, especially India Gate and other vulnerable areas," the official said. 
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