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Updated: April 18, 2013 16:11 IST

Bangalore blast: No intelligence alert, says Jagadish Shettar

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Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar talking to an injured police official at K C General Hospital Malleshwaram in Bangalore on Thursday. Photo: G P Sampath Kumar
Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar talking to an injured police official at K C General Hospital Malleshwaram in Bangalore on Thursday. Photo: G P Sampath Kumar

Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar on Thursday said there was no specific information or alert “from anybody” about the bomb blast near the BJP office that left 16 persons injured.

Speaking to reporters after visiting the injured persons at government-run K C General Hospital here, he maintained that there was no intelligence failure.

Mr Shettar said the government had taken all steps required and beefed up the security in sensitive areas across the state.

Reacting to allegations by some Congress leaders that the bomb blast was a handiwork of “saffron” terrorists to gain sympathy for the ruling BJP, Mr Shettar said the opposition should desist from giving a political colour to the incident.

“It will not be in a good taste. Leaders should not politicise the incident, especially when investigations are on. The perpetrators will be known and would be in public domain soon. Until then, I appeal to them not to give a political colour to the issue,” he said.

The state government has decided to give compensation to the injured and those whose houses and properties have been damaged, the Chief Minister said. “The government will bear medical expenses of the injured,” he added.

Asked if the explosion was targeted at BJP, Mr Shettar said, going by the incident “I suspect that it was so.”

16 people, including 11 policemen, were injured in the blast yesterday opposite to BJP office, which the government has termed as a “clear act of terror.”

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