Terror, Rumour kept Bangalore on its toes

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Bangalore, April 18: It was a normal day for Bangaloreans. As usual, office-goers, school and college students started their day on a ‘positive' note on April 17, 2013.

Little did the residents of India's tech-hub knew that ‘Wednesday' would turn out to be a day of terror and rumour which kept the entire city on its toes.

Around 10.30 am in Malleshwaram, located in north Bangalore a bomb went off just few metres away from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters.

Otherwise the relatively peaceful city, preparing itself for forthcoming Karnataka Assembly Elections 2013, slated on May 5 was shocked at the entire event.

The only solace which Bangaloreans can take out of the incident is that all the 16 injured people in the blast are said to be out of danger.

Probably, prayers came handy for Bangaloreans. But, prayers could not stop the ripple effect of panic spreading across the IT hub. The residents of Bangalore were visibly "terrorised" on Wednesday.

With ‘panic' succeeding in devouring ‘innocent' denizens with fear, rumour mill did its trick too.

Within few hours of the Malleshwaram bomb blast, rumour spread across the city that a second bomb blast occurred in Hebbal area. Police officials were quick to clarify that it was a mere rumour.

"Thank god it's Thursday! Hope the city can march ahead now. Terrorism is a reality today and a city like Bangalore is no immune to it too. Our government and security agencies should give their best to avert all kinds of terrorist activities to help the city run smoothly," said Mandira Dubey, a teacher in a public school in Bangalore.

Echoing Mandira's sentiments, Santosh Gowda, a software professional said, "Yes, I am going to office today. Life cannot come to a standstill because terror has hit the city. It was a tragic incident. Thankfully, all the injured are safe now."

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