A day after the bomb blast near the BJP State headquarters in Malleswaram, 48-year-old K.V. Jayanna, a head constable of the Karnataka State Reserve Police, who was among the 16 injured, said “if we are discharged today, we are ready to report to work even tomorrow”, emphasising that the blast could not kill their “spirit”.
Sitting on his hospital bed in his blood-stained uniform, he said: “In fact incidents like this tell us that we have to work harder to prevent them from recurring.”
Another head constable A.K. Meeranavar, who has been working in the police department for 22 years, said: “We have seen all sorts of things including fire, smoke, chaos, lathi-charges. But this is something that will always remain in our memory.”
He added: “We are glad that it [injury] happened to us and not to many residents as it is easier for us to cope.”
S. Chowdappa, who suffered more serious injuries, and had a plaster around his left leg brushed it off as a “small” injury. He said: “We are in this profession and are always prepared for incidents like these.”
Nine police personnel at K.C. General Hospital were discharged on Thursday. One girl is undergoing treatment in the intensive care unit of the hospital.
Rakshitha Sujay, a student who was injured in the blast and was undergoing treatment at K.C. General Hospital was shifted to M.S. Ramaiah Hospital on Thursday morning after she complained of respiratory distress. Narendranath V., chief administrator of the hospital, said that she was in a “stable” condition, but would be under observation for the next three days.
Meanwhile, Anand Rao, relative of Ganesh Rao, a head constable who was admitted to the Mallige Medical Centre said: “The doctors have told us that his condition has improved but he is still in the ICU.”