K'taka: Blast at JMFC Court trying SIMI cases

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Hubli, May 10: A JMFC Court in which the trial of the suspeed SIMI activists were being tried was blasted-off triggered by an Improvised Explosive Device planted well within the witness box in the court hall today. Police said that while nobody was injured in the incident the furnitures in the court hall was smithern due to the impact of the blasts. The court was remained closed due to second saturday holiday. Incidentally the cases relating to over a dozen SIMI activists, who had been arrested after it was found that they had made Dharwad district as a base, is being tried in this court.

Following the blast the police launched a search operation in the city in anticipation of more such devices being planted in other parts of this city in North Karnataka. The court halllooked devastated after the blast. Speaking to reporters at the spot of explosion Commissioner of Police Narayan Nadamani did not rule out the involvement of terror outfits in the blast.
"It could be the handiwork of terrorists or anti national elements. Explosive experts from Bangalore had been summoned and an inquiry will be held into the incident," he said.

The official said it seemed that an IED with timer was planted in the court hall. It went off at 1325 hours. Even the wall clock in the court hall showed the same time as it stopped working after the explosion and fell on the floor, he said. "Though it is a low intensity device its impact would have been more serious if it had exploded during a working day. The device was placed below the accused box covered broom sticks", he said.

He said police were conducting searches in important places of the city that could be the potential targets of terrorist groups. Security had been intensified around Siddaroodha Mutt premises, Railway Station and bus stations in th city, he said.

Shocked over the incident advocates staged demonstration in front of the court complex shouting slogans accusing the police of failure in tackling the situation. They claimed that Hubli Bar Association they had alerted the CP about the bomb threat to the courts. Police resorted to mild lathicharge to disperse the on lookers who thronged the area to have a glimpse of the exploded area.

UNI

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