Death toll climbs to 16 in Hyderabad blasts, 4 critical

The death toll in the twin bomb blasts in Hyderabad today mounted to 16 with two more persons succumbing to their injuries in a hospital. Four people were in critical condition.Thursday terror | Vote: Can India ever end terror attacks on its territory? | Shinde visits blast sitevideo-icon
Agencies | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 22, 2013 05:47 PM IST

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.

The hospital has received 37 people with injuries while some of them have been admitted to corporate hospitals, he said.

Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde addressed a press conference after visiting the blast and said that investigation has started and the government will not leave any stone unturned.

Talking to reporters after visiting the scene of the blasts and calling on the injured at one of the hospitals, Shinde said six of the injured were in a critical condition.

He said he can't share more information as Parliament is in session.

"The state government has already appointed an investigation team and the matter is being investigated now," he said.

"There was no specific information that it (blasts) will happen in a particular area. A general alert has been sounded for the last two-three days and we have issued this alert to whole of the country," he said, when asked about his earlier statement that the central government had issued an alert.

Shinde did not agree that police had failed.

"It cannot be said at this moment. One has to go into the details. If there was threat perception earlier, it will come in the investigations. It will be too early to talk on such lines," he said.

"We will not leave any stone unturned. We will find everything. At this moment, nothing can be said. The matter is under investigation," he added while refusing to comment on whether he suspects Indian Mujahideen's involvement.

Shinde also clarified that no time limit can be set for the investigations.

Shinde, who arrived in the city early Friday, drove to Dilsukhnagar and inspected the blast scene along with Andhra Pradesh governor ESL Narasimhan, chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, state home minister Sabita Indra Reddy and other officials.

Director general of police V Dinesh Reddy briefed Shinde about the two near-simultaneous blasts in the crowded area.

The minister inspected the fast food centre where the bicycle bomb killed at least eight persons on the spot.

He then went to the bus shelter about 150 meters away where the second blast killed another six people and left many injured.

Shinde also spoke with officials of the National Investigating Agency and enquired about the clues gathered from the scene.

Shinde later visited some hospitals where the injured persons were undergoing treatment.

Relatives grieve as the last rites of Swapna Reddy are performed in Hyderabad. AFP
Relatives grieve as the last rites of Swapna Reddy are performed in Hyderabad. AFP
A bomb blast victim is seen at Osmania Hospital in Hyderabad. AFP
A bomb blast victim is seen at Osmania Hospital in Hyderabad. AFP
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