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Hyderabad blast was due to foreign grenade: Police

Two people, including a 17-year-old girl, were injured in the blast on Sunday night.

india Updated: May 08, 2006 12:32 IST

The blast in a cinema theatre in Hyderabad that injured two people was caused by a foreign-made grenade, police reported on Monday after preliminary investigations.

Two people, including a 17-year-old girl, were injured in the blast on Sunday night. It was earlier thought to be a crude bomb.

Police Commissioner AK Mohanty said it appeared to be a grenade explosion, but added that it would too early to comment on who could be behind the act.

"Generally, in investigations of this kind we keep all options open. We are waiting for completion of the investigations before commenting on who could be behind this act," he told reporters after visiting the blast site.

The explosion occurred in Odeon theatre in the busy RTC crossing around 10.30 pm, just before interval during the screening of the Venkatesh starrer "Lakshmi".

Police suspect that somebody from the upper rows in the balcony could have thrown the grenade in the aisle.

M Radhika, 17, who had gone for the movie with her sisters, and Ramesh, 25, were injured and were admitted to the government-run Gandhi Hospital.

Forensic experts, dog squads and a police team rushed to the spot and found remnants of a foreign made grenade. The explosion caused a small crater.

In the pandemonium following the explosion, viewers damaged glass panes to rush out. Later, angry patrons also ransacked the manager's room protesting lack of security.

The theatre management said 150 people were seated in the balcony when the explosion occurred. Blood stains were seen at the site.

The producers of "Lakshmi" have announced a compensation of Rs 40,000 each to the injured.

Police sources did not rule out the involvement of Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence or the terror groups backed by it.

They pointed out that these groups were involved in five to six blasts that occurred in the city during the last seven years.

Two people, including a suspected suicide bomber from Bangladesh, were killed in a blast in October last year at the police task force office in Begumpet, a few yards from the official residence of the chief minister.

Three people were killed in the powerful explosion at the Sai Baba temple in the Dilsukhnagar area three years ago. Minor blasts also occurred at various other places in the city.