Five students who were in the area to purchase textbooks were among the victims even as police confirmed that most of the injured were between 19-22 years

The death toll in the twin blasts in Hyderabad on Friday morning rose to 16 with two more persons succumbing to injuries in a hospital.

“Till now, out of 14 bodies, 12 have been handed over to their kin. Two more bodies are in the mortuary. One has to be identified. 14 bodies have directly been sent to Osmania Hospital. Two more are awaited from private hospitals,” a senior doctor at the State-run Osmania General Hospital said.

The hospital has received 37 people with injuries while some of them have been admitted to corporate hospitals, he said. As many as 119 people sustained injuries in the twin blasts last evening, police said.

Student victims

A trip to purchase books for an exam for sub-inspectors in the Excise Department proved to be the last outing of Vijay Kumar, who was among five students killed in the twin blasts.

Among the other students killed was Rajasekhar, who was pursuing MBA, Harish, an engineering student from Kottapet locality in the city, and Swapna, another MBA student.

Vijay Kumar had come to the site to purchase some books as he was preparing to take the examination for the post of sub-inspector in Prohibition and Excise department when the blast took place. Another deceased student, Azaz Ahmed, of Kottagudem in Khammam too had come to purchase books.

Of the 119 injured, most of them are in the age group of 19 to 22 years, police said.

The blasts, triggered by Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) tied to two bicycles, took place at two sites 100 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.

Dilsukhnagar is one of the densely populated and busy corridors of the city as the bus stop offers services to almost all the parts of Hyderabad. A large fleet of buses halt there. The area also has a number of educational institutions and one of the business markets in the city.