Rs. 10 lakh reward for info that could help investigation

Andhra Pradesh Home Minister, P. Sabitha Indra Reddy on Saturday said she was confident about the police cracking the Dilsukhanagar twin blasts case and said 15 teams had been pressed into service for tracing the culprits.

Addressing the media after a high level meeting chaired by Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, she announced a Rs. 10-lakh reward for those who would give information that could help solve the case .

3,500 CCTVs to be installed

She said the government had decided to install closed-circuit (CC) cameras within the next six months at about 3,500 locations in the city at an estimated cost of Rs. 450-crore. The government would make it mandatory to install surveillance cameras in malls, hospitals, cinema halls and other places which attract crowds.

On the progress made by the investigators , she said: “The Centre and State government are confident of achieving some breakthrough very soon.”

Denies laxity

Ms. Sabitha denied that the police had ignored any bomb threat call. The alleged involvement of Indian Mujahideen in the blasts was also yet to be established, she noted.

In all, 16 persons were killed in the incident so far and 15 bodies were handed over to the family members concerned. Among the injured, condition of five to six persons was critical.

Asked about criticism over alleged intelligence failure , she said investigation was under progress and if any laxity was found action would be initiated against those responsible.

The Home Minister however added that the State had stepped up searches and checks whenever Centre issued alerts. The vulnerable areas were scanned thoroughly only 15 days ago yet unfortunately the bomb blasts could not be prevented.

No arrest so far

Meanwhile, city Police Commissioner, Anurag Sharma said that no one had yet been taken into custody so far and Abdul Wasey, twice-injured in terror attacks, was not a suspect in the case. The city police team has merely recorded his statement and spoken to his family members.

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