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Bengaluru: Many injured in explosion near BJP office

Agencies | 17th Apr 2013
Cars gutted in the blast outside BJP office in Bengaluru - Photo by ANI via Twitter
Cars gutted in the blast outside BJP office in Bengaluru - Photo by ANI via Twitter

Bengaluru: In a terror strike, at least 16 people, including 11 policemen, were injured today in a bomb blast apparently targeting the Karnataka BJP city office buzzing with activity ahead of the May five Assembly polls.

The "incendiary bomb" planted in a motorbike parked between a van and a car went off around 10.30 AM, causing injuries to policemen on security duty as part of the bandobast arrangements for the polls. Five civilians, including three women, were also injured in the blast, which was described as a "clear act of terror" by Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister R Ashok, saying it was targeted at the party workers and its leaders.

"It is a very clear act of terror... It is targeted at the BJP, our senior leaders and workers", Ashoka said. "100 per cent, it is targeted at BJP workers".

He said the injured persons were "out of danger."

The window panes of some buildings were shattered under the impact of the blast with a loud noise heard a long distance away, according to police and eyewitnesses.

He said since it was the election time, party leaders and thousands of workers visit the party office "Jagannath Bhavan".

Ashoka said only an investigation would reveal the terror group involved and added that the state government was in constant touch with the Centre. Significantly, he said the blast had occurred on April 17, the same date when blasts near the Chinnaswamy Stadium in 2010 had left several persons injured.

State DGP Lalrokhuma Pachau said, "Nobody is critically injured. All are being treated at hospital."

A National Investigative Agency team has arrived here, he said.

"As of now, we do not know what is the material of the bomb blast. We will know after examination," he said.

The BJP office is overflowing with party workers since the past few weeks with state and national leaders frequenting it. Today is the last date for filing of nominations and more rush was expected.

City Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar, citing preliminary investigation, said, "It is an explosion", adding a motorbike with an "incendiary bomb" was used.

The state BJP said the police had confirmed that the bomb was placed in the bike bearing Tamil Nadu registration number. It said it had happened when party state president, Chief Minister and national leaders could have been present considering the Assembly polls. Describing the dastardly blast as an attempt to weaken the party's morale, BJP said that its workers need not fear or be cowed down by it.

According to them, police personnel were injured as they rushed out of their vehicle parked nearby the party office on seeing the vehicles going up in flames. Two of the injured were college students who were returning home after tuition, Shivamurthy, an eye witness, said, adding BJP workers shifted some injured to hospital.

Later in the day reports of a second blast in Bengaluru's Hebbal locality emerged, which turned out to be not true.

Security stepped up in Delhi

New Delhi: Security was stepped up in the national capital on Wednesday with special checking of in-bound and out-bound vehicles following a blast near the BJP office in Bengaluru.

A senior police official said personnel have been 'alerted' and there is extra vigil across the city.

"There is an emphasis on checking the vehicles which are leaving and entering the city. We have deployed personnel across the city. There is nothing to panic," the official said. Police have also stepped up vigil at railway stations, ISBTs, airport, Metro stations, markets and other crowded places in the capital. 
 

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d.Anandaraj's picture
by d.Anandaraj (not verified) on
in the last election, Election Commissioner Gopalsamy announced election when Bangalore was burning in favor of BJP.It was not free and fair election as millions avoided the election with fear. After Rajiv killing, EC conducted election in TN in favor of Cong and mislead the investigation. EC must stop election for six months when sympathetic wave is created by terrorism.
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by Ravi Raja (not verified) on
it's typical BJP style, making news before election and getting sympathy. people are educated nowadays, they know what is good for them, in gujarat they told people came to kill CM and made fake encounters which is proved and also blasts at mecca masjid, malegeon etc, etc are the proven facts of the BJP idealogy
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by arvind k (not verified) on
oh know again that too near BJP office, something fishy !!!!!!!!! it's simple calculations for narrow minded people in the MODI led BJP.playing with innocent lives. people in uniform were not spared know that too guarding the same people.
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by mulki (not verified) on
To get a handle on these blasts Indian forces should arrest all illegal (Bangla Deshi and Pakis) and through them in jail.
Hasib's picture
by Hasib (not verified) on
BJP itself is behind this sinister plot to gain electoral advantage. For all those with a one track mind -- this is a possibility that should not be overlooked. Remember MALEGAON BLASTS, SAMJHAUTA EXPRESS, HYDERABAD (GOKUL CHAT, LUMBINI PARK, MACCA MASJID) BLASTS and numerous more.

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