Karnataka polls won't be delayed: Shinde

Last Updated: Thu, Apr 18, 2013 13:54 hrs

A day after a bomb blast in Bangalore city injured 16 people, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Thursday said the Assembly elections in Karnataka will not be 'delayed' due to the incident.

"No question of delaying or derailing the Karnataka elections. It will be held on time," Shinde said while addressing a press conference on Thursday.

Karnataka Assembly polls are scheduled to be held on May 5.

The Home Minister assured the nation that the people behind the Bangalore blast will be caught.

Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar earlier in the day said there was no specific information or alert on the bomb blast.

He said the details of the blast will be known soon.

"There was no specific alert or information on this blast," Shettar told reporters on Thursday.

"Investigation is going on and we will soon know the details," he said.

Meanwhile, NDTV quoting sources reported that a timer or detonator used to trigger off the bomb has been completely gutted in the fire caused by the blast.

Forensic experts have started examining the debris collected from the site of the blast.

At least 16 people, including 11 policemen, were injured in the low intensity blast near the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)´s city office in a busy residential area on Wednesday.

The bomb, believed to be placed on a motorcycle with a Tamil Nadu registration plate parked between a van and a car, went off around 10.30 am, about 100 metres from the BJP office in Malleswaram.

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