PM, Sonia to visit Hyderabad today

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 24, 2013 05:39 hrs
PM statement on Budget Session

New Delhi: Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi will visit Hyderabad today to take stock of the situation in the aftermath of twin bomb blasts there.

The Prime Minister will visit the hospital where the injured are being treated.

Strongly condemning the blasts, Dr. Singh had said soon after the incident that those responsible for the dastardly act would not go unpunished.

Dr Singh has already sanctioned two lakh rupees each to next of kin of those killed in the blasts and 50,000 rupees each to those seriously injured, from the PM's Relief Fund.

Andhra Pradesh Police had announced a reward of 10 lakh rupees for providing information about culprits involved in the blasts.

Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anurag Sharma told reporters yesterday evening that the identity of the persons providing information will be kept secret.

He said, police had some crucial clues and the investigation had picked momentum. He, however, said that no arrests have been made so far.

The death toll in the twin blasts in the city mounted to 16 on Friday with two more persons succumbing to their injuries in a hospital. As many as 119 people sustained injuries in the twin blasts.

Two powerful near simultaneous blasts had ripped through a crowded area close to a cluster of bus stands in Dilsukhnagar area on Thursday.

The blasts triggered by Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) tied to two bicycles took place at two sites 100 metres apart outside a roadside eatery near Konark and Venkatadiri theatres in the area located on the Hyderabad-Vijaywada national highway in Cyberabad police limits. 

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