‘Suspect was wearing cap, mask to hide identity’: Police in Bengaluru blast case | Bengaluru - Hindustan Times
close_game
close_game

‘Suspect was wearing cap, mask to hide identity’: Police in Bengaluru blast case

PTI | | Posted by Yamini C S
Mar 02, 2024 10:01 AM IST

The investigating teams are also looking at similarities between Friday's explosion and the November 2022 Mangaluru cooker blast, sources said.

The Karnataka police have intensified the investigation into the low intensity bomb blast at a popular eatery here, in which 10 people were injured, officials said on Saturday. According to official sources, images of the suspect's movement have been captured by the CCTV cameras at the Rameshwaram cafe in Brookefield area and those nearby.

Police personnel at the Rameshwaram Cafe after a blast, in Bengaluru (PTI)(HT_PRINT)
Police personnel at the Rameshwaram Cafe after a blast, in Bengaluru (PTI)(HT_PRINT)

"We are positive about the leads we are getting in nabbing the culprit," an official said. There are reports of a person being detained for questioning late on Friday night. However, there is no official confirmation on this. The investigating teams are also looking at similarities between Friday's explosion and the November 2022 Mangaluru cooker blast, sources said.

HT launches Crick-it, a one stop destination to catch Cricket, anytime, anywhere. Explore now!

READ | UAPA invoked as IED blast at Bengaluru cafe injures nine

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah convened a meeting of senior Home Department officials today in the wake of the blast. The Central Crime Branch (CCB) has taken up the investigation, and seven to eight teams have been formed, the sources said, adding, the suspect, carrying a bag, was wearing a cap and mask to hide his identity. Ten people -- customers and staff members -- were injured in the low-intensity blast at the quick-service restaurant in east Bengaluru.

READ | How Rameshwaram cafe blast took place: Man ordered idli, left bag with 1-hr timer IED

The injured are out of danger, according to officials. According to police, the blast was caused by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) fitted with a timer in a bag left near the handwash area of the restaurant by a "customer". It exploded about an hour later. The Bengaluru police have registered a case under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Explosive Substances Act.

"The bomb squad, canine squad, anti-sabotage teams and forensic analysts have visited the spot, for investigation and collection of samples," a police official said. Also, sleuths from National Investigation Agency (NIA) and National Security Guard (NSG) reached the spot to help the local police in investigation and shared some inputs with them.

READ | Rameshwaram Cafe blast LIVE: ‘Suspect came on a BMTC bus,’ says Karnataka Home Minister

In a statement late on Friday night, Divya Raghavendra Rao, Co-Founder & Managing Director of The Rameshwaram Café, said, "We are deeply saddened by the unfortunate incident at our Brookefield branch. We are cooperating with the authorities and officials in their investigations. Our thoughts are with the injured and their families, and we are offering them all the support, assistance and care they need and pray for their speedy recovery."

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Share this article
SHARE
Story Saved
Live Score
OPEN APP
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Sunday, April 21, 2024
Start 14 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Follow Us On