Bengaluru Rameshwaram cafe blast | We have visuals, it will be easy to nab culprit, says Karnataka CM

He said it is still not known whether any organisation was involved in the incident at the quick-service eatery in the Brookfield area

March 02, 2024 12:15 pm | Updated 03:22 pm IST - Mysuru (Karnataka)

Karnataka Home Minister G. Parameshwara said investigators have gathered certain information from CCTV footage, adding that the footage from the Bengaluru’s public transport buses is also being analysed as part of the probe to nab the culprit.

Karnataka Home Minister G. Parameshwara said investigators have gathered certain information from CCTV footage, adding that the footage from the Bengaluru’s public transport buses is also being analysed as part of the probe to nab the culprit. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on March 2 expressed confidence about nabbing the culprit involved in the blast at the city's popular eatery The Rameshwaram Cafe, as his movement has been captured by the cameras.

He said it is still not known whether any organisation was involved in the incident at the quick-service eatery in the Brookfield area in the information technology corridor in east Bengaluru that left ten people injured, and the investigations are on.

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"The blast has happened. One person wearing mask and cap has come by bus, he has purchased 'Rava Idly' from the counter at the cafe and has sat at a place. Then he has set the timer and gone. The blast has occurred, about 9 people (actually 10) people are injured. All are out of danger," Mr. Siddaramaiah said.

Rameshwaram Cafe blast | Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah visited victims at a hospital in Bengaluru on March 2, 2024.

Rameshwaram Cafe blast | Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah visited victims at a hospital in Bengaluru on March 2, 2024. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Speaking to reporters, he said, the Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister had visited the spot on Friday, and on Saturday he too will be visiting the cafe and the hospital where injured are being treated.

To a question whether any organisation was involved or was it by an individual, the Chief Minister said it is still not known.

"We will find the culprit, it will be easy as his visuals alighting from the bus, purchasing tiffin at the eatery, sitting at a place and placing a bag have all come. We will find him at the earliest," he added.

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Asked about some reports suggesting similarities between the 2022 Mangaluru cooker blast and Friday's incident, Mr. Siddaramaiah said serious investigations are on.

Police personnel at The Rameshwaram Cafe after a blast, in Bengaluru.

Police personnel at The Rameshwaram Cafe after a blast, in Bengaluru. | Photo Credit: PTI

Reacting to the Opposition's criticism that the government's appeasement politics has led to the incident, he said the BJP was playing politics on the issue.

"During their time bomb blasts had happened, Mangaluru cooker blast had taken place, was that also appeasement?" he questioned and said he condemns the explosion, and the incident should not be politicised.

To a question on whether it was a terrorist act, the CM said: "investigation is going on, we will take action based on what comes out of it."

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