Strongly condemning the blasts in Hyderabad, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said those responsible for the “dastardly” act would not go unpunished, even as he appealed for peace. Mr. Singh sanctioned Rs. 2 lakh each to next of kin of those killed in the blasts and Rs. 50,000 each to those seriously injured from the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund. The meeting of the Union Cabinet, which was in progress when the blasts took place, was informed about the incident. — PTI

According to an IANS report, Congress president Sonia Gandhi expressed sorrow over the blasts in Hyderabad. “Sonia Gandhi has expressed her sorrow and anguish on the blasts in Hyderabad,” said the statement.