Progress in Hyderabad blast probe: Andhra home minister

February 24, 2013 - 4:30:02 am

Hyderabad: Police have made progress in the investigations into Thursday’s twin bomb blasts at Dilsukhnagar, which claimed 16 lives and injured over 100 others, Andhra Pradesh Home Minister Sabita Indra Reddy said yesterday.

Many clues were found during last 24 hours, the minister told reporters and exuded confidence that the case would be cracked soon and the culprits would be arrested.

She said the government would take all steps to ensure that the guilty are punished as early as possible. The home minister said Hyderabad and Cyberabad police commissioners had formed 15 teams, each comprising 10 to 15 officers, to investigate the terror attacks.

The Crime Investigation Department (CID) is also conducting a probe while National Investigating Agency (NIA) and other central agencies are also assisting the state.

Sabita said terrorists had been trying to carry out attacks since 1995. “They tried at least 20 times. Unfortunately there were more casualties in Lumbini Park and this time in Dilsukhnagar.”

Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, who reviewed the law and order situation with home minister and top police officials, directed them to take all steps to prevent more terrorist attacks.

As part of the steps to strengthen the security in the state capital, 3,500 CCTV cameras would be installed in Hyderabad and Cyberabad Police Commissionerate limits over next six months. The chief minister has approved this plan, which will cost Rs4.5bn.

The government also plans to amend building regulations to make it compulsory for new buildings to install CCTV cameras.

The home minister said 15 out of 16 bodies of the victims were handed over to their families. The injured are undergoing treatment in six hospitals and the condition of six of them is critical.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is to visit Hyderabad today in the wake of the blasts in the city, informed sources.

Sources said the prime minister will visit the hospital where the injured were being treated and would be briefed about the situation by Kiran Kumar Reddy.

Meanwhile, Hyderabad police yesterday announced Rs1m reward for anybody providing information about the people involved in the twin blasts.

Addressing a news conference, Police Commissioner Anurag Sharma said the identity of the person giving the information would be kept a secret.