By M Saraswathi
NEW DELHI (22-Feb-2013/PNA/Bernama) – Twin blasts killed at least 12 people and injured 80 others in Hyderabad, capital of southern Indian state Andra Pradesh, putting New Delhi and Mumbai cities on high alert.
Bombs which were reportedly placed in two bicycles exploded simultaneously at around 7pm on Thursday in Dilsukh Nagar, a crowded suburd of the city within 150 metre of the Konark theater and Venkatadri movie theater.
Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said the death toll could rise.
He said authorities had received “intelligence inputs in the (recent) days about the possibility of attacks and this information was shared with other states”.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has strongly condemned the bomb blasts and appealed to the public to remain calm and maintain peace.
“This is a dastardly attack, the guilty will not go unpunished,” he said.
Manmohan said he has directed the central agencies to extend all possible help to the Andhra Pradesh state authorities in relief operations.
He has sanctioned ex-gratia from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund to the tune of Rs.200,000 lakh (US$ 3,600) each to the next of kin of those killed in the blasts and Rs.50,000 (US$ 910) each to seriously injured victims.(PNA/Bernama)