HYDERABAD, 21 Feb, 2013 (PTI): Terror struck Hyderabad when 12 people were killed and over 50 injured tonight when two powerful near simultaneous blasts ripped through a crowded area close to a cluster of bus stands in Dilsukhnagar area.
The blasts triggered by Improvised Explosive Devices(IED) tied to two bicyles took place in the peak hour at two sites 100 to 150 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.
The twin blasts, described as dastardly by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, triggered a stampede-like situation with people trying to scamper for safety as it left a bloody trail.
The scene wore a gory look with severed body parts lying around. Footwear and various other objects were also seen indicating the desperation of the victims and the injured to flee the spot.
The Dilsukhnagar area is thickly populated and traffic jams are routine in the evenings with officegoers and students rushing home. Large numbers of people wait at the numerous bus shelters, eateries and shops in the area.
Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said eight people were killed in the first blast and three in the second and that the toll may rise. Fifty persons were injured, he said in Delhi.
The state DGP V Dinesh Reddy said IEDs were used in the blast but refused to hazard a guess as to who could be behind them. Asked whether any terror groups were involved, Reddy said, We don’t know. Only investigations will reveal.”
Shinde said two bombs were placed within a radius of 100 to 150 metres and placed in two bicycles. The first bomb went off at 7.01 PM followed by the other five minutes later, police said. Earlier reports spoke of a third explosion.
The injured have been rushed to various hospitals by ambulances and police and bomb disposal squads swung into action and began searches.
Shinde spoke of intelligence inputs for the last two days which was shared with all the states but there was no specific information “like this”.
Official sources said a general alert was issued for two consecutive days from February 19 to all major cities suggesting a possible attack by Pakistani-based terror groups to avenge the hangings of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and Mumbai attack convict Ajmal Kasab.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condemned the blasts, saying those behind the dastardly act will not go unpunished.
A team of National Security Guards(NSG) was being rushed to Hyderabad.
The previous major attack in Hyderabad was on August 25, 2007 when two blasts took place almost simultaneously in which 42 people were killed. The first blast was in Lumbini amusement park followed by another at an eating joint. In the same year, there was a blast at the famous Mecca Masjid in which nine people were killed.
Union Home Secretary R K Singh said a NSG team is leaving from Delhi by a BSF aircraft. A team of NIA hub stationed in Hyderabad has also rushed to the spot. There were reports that the bomb blast could be heard two to three kms away from the site of the explosion.
Sources in the state-run Osmania General Hospital said of the around 30 injured people admitted some of them were in a serious condition. They said three bodies were received brought dead.
Official sources said 14 blast victims were admitted to private Yashoda hospital at Malakpet. In another private hospital, 18 injured persons were admitted.
S A Huda, Additional DGP (law and order) said the bomb blasts occurred at two places both in the Dilsukhnagar area falling within the Cyberabad Commissionerate.
Terrible scenes were seen at the hospital as blood soaked injured persons, some of them grievously, being treated and their relatives wailing.
Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and Home Minister P Sabita Reddy also rushed to the spot.
The Dilsukhnagar area witnessed a blast in 2002 near a famous Saibaba temple in which two persons were killed and over 20 injured.