BJP dismisses Shinde's 'routine' statement after Hyderabad blasts
Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj slammed Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's statement on Hyderabad blasts in Lok Sabha as uninspiring and routine. Shinde said that the situation in the city is under control. Death toll climbs to 16, 4 critical | Thursday terror | Vote: Can India ever end terror attacks on its territory? | Shinde visits blast siteindia Updated: Feb 22, 2013 19:18 IST
Government will make all possible efforts to apprehend the perpetrators and masterminds behind the twin blasts in Hyderabad in which 16 people were killed and 117 injured, home minister Sushilkumar Shinde told Parliament today.
Making a statement in Lok Sabha after touring the blast sites, Shinde said the situation was under control and the government was committed to combat such cowardly terror attacks.
He said twin blasts took place in a busy locality of Dilsukhnagar area of Hyderabad city at a local bus stop and a canteen, which were about 150 meters from each other at 6:58pm and 7:01pm on Thursday.
"Preliminary investigations reveal that the IEDs were placed on bicycles causing explosion at both the places," he said, adding 16 persons were killed and 117 injured, four of them critically, in the blasts.
He said two cases have been registered by the police and the National Investigation Agency would investigate the it in conjunction with Andhra Pradesh police.
Shinde said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had announced Rs two lakh as ex-gratia for next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to the injured.
The state government has announced Rs 6 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh for the injured besides bearing all expenses for treatment of the injured, he said.
"The situation is under control," the home minister said.
Shinde said the state government immediately deployed emergency medical response team along with 25 ambulances to take the injured to the hospital.
"The state police and a team of NIA from the NIA Branch office at Hyderabad immediately reached the place of occurrence and cordoned off the area to collect evidence from the crime scene," he said.
Shinde said a team of NIA led by an inspector general and Post Blast Investigative team of the National Security Guard were sent to Hyderabad from Delhi at 9:30pm on Thursday night by a special plane and they reached the city by 11:30pm.
"Two cases have been registered vide CR No. 146/2013 of Saroor Nagar Police Station, Cyberabad and CR No. 56/2013 of Malkapet Police Station, Hyderabad City," the minister said.
However, leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj slammed Shinde's statement over Hyderabad blasts that killed 16 people as routine and called it uninspiring.
"Are we alert after Hyderabad blasts? Are we sure that Bangalore, Mumbai or any other city are now secure?"
She said that the centre's role doesn't end after warning states about terror threats and that states should been on the alert after Afzal Guru's hanging.
The BJP leader also demanded that bomb blast victims should get a fixed amount of monetary compensation.
The death toll in the twin bomb blasts in Hyderabad on Friday mounted to 16 with two more persons succumbing to their injuries in a hospital.
The deaths took place in two private hospitals, officials said.
"Till now, out of 14 bodies, 12 have been handed over to their kin. Two more bodies are in the mortuary. One has to be identified. 14 bodies have directly been sent to Osmania Hospital. Two more are awaited from private hospitals," a senior doctor at the state-run Osmania General Hospital said.
Two powerful near simultaneous blasts had ripped through a crowded area close to a cluster of bus stands in Dilsukhnagar area on Thursday.
The blasts triggered by Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) tied to two bicycles took place at two sites 100 metres apart outside a roadside eatery near Konark and Venkatadri theatres in the area located on the Hyderabad-Vijaywada national highway in Cyberabad police limits.
DGP Reddy had said it was "definitely the handiwork of a terrorist network" and IEDs were used in the attack.
The Union home secretary had said the near two simultaneous very powerful blasts indicate that it was a "terror attack".
(With PTI inputs)