Bangalore, Jul 25: A series of seven bomb blasts ripped through the Bangalore, the IT hub of India on Friday, July 25. While four low-intensity blasts went off at Madiwala( 1.20pm), Nayandanahalli (Mysore Road)(1.25 pm), Adugodi (1.45 pm)areas on the outskirts, blasts also rocked areas near Koramangla (2.10pm) Mallya road (2.25 pm), Langford Road and Richmond Circle (2.35 pm) in Bengaluru city. Two blasts were reported in Madiwala. All blasts happened in a span of one hour.
First blast occured in Madiwala. The blasts occured in places were more minority groups are settled. City Police Commissioner, Shankar Bidri confirmed 2 deaths. He said, a women, named Lakshmi (65) was killed in blast that occured in Madiwala Check post. She was waiting for bus at the Bus Stop in Madiwala Check post. Her husband Ravi is also critically injured and shifted to near by hospital. Two people are critically injured in the blast and are shifted to St John's hospital. Although the police have not yet been able to ascertain the cause of the blast, reports suggest that it may be an act of terror.
The Union Home Ministry suspect Pakistan based Lashker-e-Toiba with the help of local terror outfit SIMI have carried out the blast. Ministry has asked for a detailed report of the blasts. State Home Ministry condemned the incident. BJP has criticised Centre for not providing adequate security to the City.
The first blast took place at Madiwala check post which incidentally is behind the famous Forum Mall, one of the leading shopping destinations in Bangalore. The second and third blasts took place at Nayandahalli and Adugodi both on the outskirts of the city.
Initial reports suggested that the blasts were low intensity caused by gelatin sticks, normally used for quarrying and mining. Police confirmed that materials used in bombs are similar to that of the ones used in Jaipur and Hyderabad blasts.
Police suspect hands of SIMI behind the serial blasts. Events indicate that these blasts are planned. The blasts happened aound 1.30 pm when Muslims comes out after their Friday prayer. Police said that the terrorists have used timer and cell phone for the blasts. All cell phone lines leading to the trouble tone areas are jammed.
Majority of schools, malls, and shops were closed after the blasts.
Unconfirmed reports says that these serial blasts are in retaliation to the incidents that occured in R T Nagar area in the city. There was a communal tension in this area after some miscreants polluted a mosque in this area.
The public can send sms alerts to police control room to 98440-51677. They can also send blast photos for quick analysis to police head quarters: 99805-10137.
Police commissionr Shankara Bidari said that the City has been put under High Alert following the serial blasts. So far, no one has claimed responsiblity for the blasts. The serial blast is a well planned network but the intensity of blasts is on low key-technology.
Nation witnessed such terror attacks in Hyderabad, Ajmer, Jammu Kashmir and Jaipur in past one year.
Chief Minister of Karnataka, B S Yeddyurappa has called for a emergency Cabinet meeting here at Bangalore.
IISc Terror Attack 2005
In 2005 Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists had targeted Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore, killing a scientist and injuring four others.
Reports reaching OneIndia say that most of the Software companies ( infosys, Wipro, Cisco) especially the offices housed in electronic city, Hosur road, Sarjapur Road, Bannerughatta Road, BTM layout closed post lunch operations following blasts.