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'Bomb went off minutes before film's end'

A victim says the blast rocked the hall minutes before the ending of the film he was watching, reports Umesh Dewan.
Hindustan Times | By Umesh Dewan, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON OCT 15, 2007 01:13 AM IST

As news of the explosion at Shingar cinema hall spread, anxious relatives of blast victims thronged hospitals to get information on the conditions of the injured. At least 30 people were reportedly injured and have been admitted to the Civil Hospital, CMCH and Apollo Hospital.

A woman who was at the CMCH looking for her brother was inconsolable. "I am so shocked that I have no idea what to do. I am just praying that my brother is safe and for the well being of all those who have been injured in the blast," she said.

Talking to Hindustan Times, Nirsudin, who is undergoing treatment at the Civil Hospital, said, "We were watching a Bhojpuri film in the theatre when the blast rocked the hall minutes before the movie ended. Seconds later, people were rushing out of the theatre as the injured lay bleeding and crying in agony."

Meanwhile, the doctors at the hospital said the conditions of the injured were "critical". "Seventeen patients have been admitted to our hospital and all of them are very serious. We are not allowing anyone to meet them," said a doctor at the CMCH.

Five blast victims in critical condition were also admitted to the Apollo Hospital. "We have sent two ambulances at the blast site to facilitate rescue operations," a doctor said. However, the injured at the Civil Hospital was reportedly 'out of danger' though some of them were bleeding profusely from their wounds.

MLA Harish Bedi visited the injured at CMCH. He termed the incident as "most unfortunate". "The state government had beefed up security at all places in the wake of the festive season and additional police force was deployed at several places in the city. But those who want to spread terror by killing innocent people can go to any extent." Bedi said.

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