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Twin blasts creates panic in Hyderabad
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Twin blasts creates panic in Hyderabad
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Red alert sounded, toll rises to over 30 in Hyderabad terror attack
Red alert has been sounded in Hyderabad following twin blasts in which at least thirty people have been killed and at least forty others have been injured. ANI

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Twin blasts creates panic in Hyderabad

40 dead; Over 70 injured in seperate blasts at Koti and Lumbini Park; Red alert raised

Hyderabad, August 25, 2007

Two blasts at different places have put the people of Hyderabad on alert. Death toll is at about 40 while 70 more are injured due to blasts that occured in Hyderabad, the state capital for Andhra Pradesh. Primary estimates have put the death toll at 15 but the number is upped to 30 only few minutes later. The actual number of casualities will be much higher considering the intensity of the blast. The blast at the Gokul Chat Center at Koti market is believed to be from a gas cylinder but later was though to have been a bomb blast which made the cylinders at the eating point to blast. Koti is a busy shopping centre in Hyderabad. Sources say people began to rush out of the location when the explosition sound was heard. Panic mob began pelting stone at buses and vehicles on road. Rapid Action Force is deployed in the region. Shops have downed their shutters. Police have to restore to lathi charge to disperse the mob.

Another blast happened at Lumbini Park near the premises of a laser show. Media sources say that the blast happened near the seating arrangement. Dead bodies are found scattered in the region. People, including media sources are asked to stay away from the park premises and have limited access to the region. The entire Lumbini Park is cordoned. Tank Bund Road has been closed and police are performing security checks in the region. The blast is believed to have happened at around 7:45 PM. The Laser show generally starts at 7:30 PM. The bombs that have blasted are believed to be timer bombs. The injured are rushed to Gandhi Hospital and Osmania Hospital. Atleast 34 bodied are confirmed to have been brough to Osmania Hospital. Private Hospitals are instructed to admit any blast casualities who come to them. Few casualities are at Gandhi Hospital, Mediciti and Yashoda Hospital.

Dog squads entered the premises of the Lumbini park. Blood samples are being collected. Special police unit and clues team rushed to the spot. Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Dr. YS Rajasekhara Reddy is reviewing the situation. He had cancelled all the engagements for Sunday including the numerous marriages that he was supposed to attend. Ignoring the advice of the top police officials, he visited the Lumbini Park and Gokul Ghat as these two spots were not yet sanitized and there was danger of some more explosives being hidden in some places. CM and Home Minister Jana Reddy rushed to the Lumbini Park to review the situation. Shabbir Ali, Hyderabad In-Charge Minister, Khairatabad MLA P Janardhan Reddy and Marri Sasidhar Reddy rushed to the spot and are reviewing the situation. Media sources say a bomb threat call was received at IMax Theater. IMax is a multiplex theater-cum-shopping mall very near to Lumbini Park. CM and Home Minister later went to Gokul Chat Centre. The Chief Minister, speaking briefly with the press, asked the people to stay calm. He asked people not to believe in rumors or spread them.

Police Commissioner has ordered all police personnel to be on alert. A Special Call Centre was set up at the Secretariat. Helpline number 040-2320 2833 and 94408 15456 are set up. Police began conducting checks at Bus Stations and Railway Stations. Police have instructed Theaters across the twin-cities to stop the second show of the day. People are adviced to inform police if they find anything suspecious. People are asked to stay at home. Traffic jam have hit parts of the city. Sources say Police have recovered live bombs from two other places - one at Narayanaguda and another at Venkatadri Theater in Dilsukhnagar in the city. The bombs are defused by the bomb squad. Both the regions are densly populated regions of the city. Red Alert was put up in the city and later extended to the state. The bomb blasts are believed to be an act of terrorists, particularly that of ISI, considering the blast that happened at Macca Masjid, a muslim religious place, few days ago. It may also be recalled police have recovered explosive materials few days ago.

Senior Politician of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) termed the act inhuman. Former Home Minister Devendar Goud condemned the incident and felt that the incident is well-planned one. He felt that the Government would have gone more depth when the Mecca Masjid incident has occurred considering the fact that terrorists will not leave things easily. He said it is too early and inappropriate to common on this and should focus on what is to be done. Senior Leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) LK Advani is visiting Hyderabad tomorrow. BJP Leader Bandaru Dattatreya already visited the incident spot. Union Home Minister is believed to have been updated on the incident. Chairperson of the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Ms. Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh spoke with Chief Minister Rajasekhara Reddy about the incident over telephone.

Update at 10:30 PM IST: Hyderabad District Collector Chandravadan, speaking to a media channel, said that few names of the causalities will be announced shortly. He said that the official death toll at the moment is at 34. Over 50 injured of which 15 members are severely injured. Emergency lines have been set up at Collector Office and Osmania Hospital. District administration and officials are at hospitals reviewing the situation and giving the necessary instructions.

Update at 10:45 PM IST: Khandekhar, the bus driver of Anand Travels from Maharashtra said that a group of students of an Engineering college from Maharashtra visited came to the city and are near the Laser show when the incident occurred. The driver said he is sleeping in the bus and he woke up when the blast was heard. He said that the students are rushed to the hospital. Meanwhile, the State Cabinet is meeting tomorrow morning at about 10:00 AM.

Update at 11:00 PM IST: Indian President Pratibha Patil expressed condolences to the familes of the dead. Union Minister for Home Affairs Shivraj V Patil and officials from the Union Home Ministry are visiting Hyderabad tomorrow. Experts say that terrorist agencies having a national-wide reach and having links with external agencies, such as Jaish-e-Mohammad or Lashkar-e-taiba would be behind the act though it is pre-mature to pin point who exactly is responsible for the incident.

Update at 11:20 PM IST: Speaking with press persons who are at the incident spot, leaders of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) said that the incident happened because of failure of the State Government and Intelligence and that they will take up the incident for discussion in the upcoming parliament session. They said that bomb blasts and police firings have become common acts in the state in recent times.

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