Bangalore hit by terrorists

July 26th, 2008 - 10:07 am ICT by David M N James  

A tragic chain bombing in India’s IT hub Bangalore city at around 1.30 p.m. and 1.45 p.m. left at least two dead and fifteen others seriously injured. The blast occurred near Mallya Hospital. Causalities were hit by blasted objects by the bomb that led to most of them to bleed badly. The blast has led to the police and intelligence system in India to be on high alert especially in Chennai. The bombs were concealed near refugee camps and roadside stuffed with nuts and bolts at Adugodi, Madivala, Nayandahalli, Mysore Road, Richmond Circle, Pantharapalya and Vittal Mallya Road.

The blast has been described by Indian official as a heinous act of terrorism by foreign elements aimed at destabilizing India. The Chennai Police department has stepped up patrolling in the city in the wake of the serial bomb blasts in Bangalore. The department has deployed a total of 14,000 police personnel across the city. The officers in charge of the patrolling operation point out that patrolling would be intensified in the IT corridor where a large number of IT companies are located. The City Police Commissioner R Sekar is involved in the operation which is aimed at foiling any possible terrorist act.

Terror struck the IT capital on Friday. A total of eight low intensity serial blasts hit the southern city leaving two dead. Bangalore is perceived as a peaceful city and its home to many IT companies. The serial bombs were crude bombs. Police are investigating the blasts while intelligence machinery is still piecing up information on possible links to the responsible terrorist groups. According to Home Minister Shivraj Patil in New Delhi at least two persons were killed and 15 injured in the blasts. Police have already recovered some elements used to make the crude bombs. The elements recovered from the blast sites include gelatin sticks, mainly used in quarry operations.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has sent messages of condolences to the injured and the families of the dead. He has appealed to the Indian people to remain calm and maintain communal harmony. The Prime Minister has advised on an ex-gratia payment of Rs one lakh to the next of kin of those dead and Rs 50,000 to those injured in the blasts to share his grief with the Indian community.

According to the police eight small bombs exploded in quick succession across the south of Bangalore killing a woman and wounding at least 15 people. The bombs were all created to explode using timer devices. Mine pits explosives were used as chief components and were used, in quantity equal to one or two grenades. International companies including Microsoft Corp and Intel Corp are based here. Bangalore, is renowned as India’s Silicon Valley, and is currently ranking as a leading centre for software development globally. Bangalore is also the hub of outsourcing and is the chief outsourcing hub in India with more than 1,500 top firms, including India’s Infosys Technologies and Wipro.

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