Centre seeks report from Karnataka govt about serial blasts

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New Delhi, Jul 25 (UNI) The Centre today condemned the serial blasts in Bangalore and sought a report from the Karnataka Government regarding the explosions which killed one woman and left at least two injured.

Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta spoke to the Chief Secretary of Karnataka and asked him to send a report about the serial blasts in the IT capital by this evening. He also assured all possible assistance to the state government in dealing with the situation.

Mr Gupta said the blasts were the handiwork of anti national elements who were trying to disrupt peace and harmony in the country. According to Mr Gupta, it was too early to say anything about who was responsible for the blasts. However, the Chief Secretary informed him that the blasts which occurred at five places were of low intensity and killed one woman who was sitting near an empty bus stop.

He said that forensic teams, sniffer dogs and bomb disposal squads have reached the blasts sites. Mr Gupta said the Centre would provide all possible assistance to the Karnataka government in the investigation.

Serial blasts at five places rocked Bangalore this afternoon.

According to intelligence sources, the nature of the blasts indicate the hand of militant organistions like the Lashkar-e-Taiba in association with their local SIMI supporters.

According to initial reports, the blasts took place at Adugodi, Pantharapallya near Nayandahalli on the Bangalore-Mysore highway, near a park on Mallya road, Sarjapur road, Langford road and a place near Shivajinagar.

Police was yet to ascertain the materials used in the blasts.

A woman was killed in the blast on Sarjapur road and one person was injured seriously in the blast at Adugodi.

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