The government will make all possible efforts to apprehend the perpetrators and masterminds behind the twin blasts in Hyderabad in which 16 people were killed and 117 injured, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde told Parliament on Friday.
Making a statement in the Lok Sabha after touring the blast sites, Shinde said the situation was under control and the government was committed to combat such cowardly terror attacks. He said twin blasts took place in a busy locality of Dilsukhnagar area of Hyderabad city at a local bus stop and a canteen, which were about 150 meters from each other at 6:58 pm and 7:01 pm on Thursday.
"Preliminary investigations reveal that the IEDs were placed on bicycles causing explosion at both the places," he said. He said two cases have been registered by the police and the National Investigation Agency would investigate the it in conjunction with Andhra Pradesh police.
Shinde said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had announced Rs 2 lakh as ex-gratia for next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to the injured.
The state government has announced Rs 6 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh for the injured besides bearing all expenses for treatment of the injured, he said.
"The situation is under control," the HM said.
Shinde said he, Home Secretary R K Singh and National Investigation Agency Director General S C Sinha visited Hyderabad and reviewed the situation with Governor E S L Narasimhan and Chief Minister K Kiran Kumar Reddy, the chief secretary, the director general of police and the commissioner of police.
Shinde said the state government immediately deployed emergency medical response team along with 25 ambulances to take the injured to the hospital.
"The state police and a team of NIA from the NIA branch office at Hyderabad immediately reached the place of occurrence and cordoned off the area to collect evidence from the crime scene," he said.
Shinde said a team of NIA led by an inspector general and post blast investigative team of the National Security Guard were sent to Hyderabad from Delhi at 9:30 pm last night by a special plane and they reached by 11:30 pm.
"Two cases have been registered vide CR No. 146/2013 of Saroor Nagar Police Station, Cyberabad and CR No. 56/2013 of Malkapet Police Station, Hyderabad City," the minister said.