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ISI may be behind Hyderabad blasts: Jana Reddy

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Aug 26, 2007 at 03:52pm IST

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New Delhi: Hyderabad was rocked by two near-simultaneous bomb blasts at a crowded park and a popular eatery on Saturday evening. At least 44 people were killed and 60 injured in the attack.

Condemning the deadly attack, state Home Minister Jana Reddy has said that Pakistan's ISI could be behind the blasts.

“Government condemns the act and we feel it’s the ISI background or the ISI. Government will help them in all means. We had got previous information on this attack and the instance has occurred in the same manner,” he said.

“This is a preliminary info and we are thoroughly going to investigate it. Police has been alerted all over Andhra Pradesh mainly in Hyderabad city. People have no fear and we appeal to people to maintain calm and be peaceful.”

“The government will respond to all the questions. The government will consider whatever action is to be taken against terrorism and prepare to act accordingly, “ he added.

Reddy has called for an all-party meet on Monday where a resolution on further action will be taken.

Emerging from an all-party meeting that condemned Saturday's bomb attacks, Reddy said the government has planned to revive the Andhra Pradesh Control of Organised Crimes Act, which lapsed two years ago, to deal with terrorism.

An expert committee of senior officials will be formed to "deal with ISI activities", Jana Reddy said.

Though the chief minister said yesterday's near simultaneous blasts claimed 40 lives, Police Commissioner Balwinder Singh told PTI that 42 people died and 54 were injured in the attacks at Lumbani Park near the state secretariat and Gokul Chat Bhandar, a popular eatery in the busy Koti locality.

As investigators searched for clues, an expert said the explosives used in Saturday's blasts and the Mecca Masjid attack were different.

"In the Mecca Masjid blasts, it was a RDX and TNT mixture but in Saturday’s blast it is entirely different as some ammonium nitrate-based chemical was used," chief scientific officer of the CLUES bomb detection squad T Suresh said.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Y S R Reddy has announced a a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each for the families of those killed in the explosions and Rs 20,000 each to the injured.

The Chief Minister also promised government jobs for one member from the family of the deceased along with free treatment at all hospitals for the injured.

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