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Bangalore Blast: Rajnath says NIA probe, if required; Black New Year Eve for Brigade Road ?

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh met with Law and Justice minister D. V. Sadananda Gowda and Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers Ananthkumar, both from Karnataka, on Monday morning to review the situation in the aftermath of the blast in Bangalore on Sunday evening at 8:30 pm, in which one woman was killed and two others injured.

Rajnath Singh said the Centre is waiting for details about the incident from the State Government and informed the media that the Intelligence Agencies are working on the case. He added that if required, the case could be handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Earlier, Rajnath Singh reviewed the Bangalore blast situation with the Heads of Security and Intelligence Agencies and Senior Officials of MHA. He also spoke with Karnataka Chief Minister S. Siddaramaiah immediately after the blast and was apprised of the situation, said a statement.

Rajnath Singh offered Siddaramaiah that the Centre is ready to provide all help. The Union Home Minister said the Centre has suggested to the State Government that CCTV cameras should be installed at public places in Bangalore and other main cities.

The bomb at the entry gate of Coconut Groove on Church Street road wrapped in a Telugu local daily was a low-intensity one and one woman visitor from Chennai, Bhawani, aged 37 was the victim and her nephews received minor injuries when they were walking past the busy street road on Sunday evening.

It may be noted that the blast may put off Bangaloreans off the streets on yearend revelry when all the roads surrounding Brigade Road, MG Road, Church street will closed for the traffic and open to shoppers, visitors, mostly youth for the festive occasion of ushering in new year. This year, with the blast just three days before, it is unlikely to be the same as is the case every year.


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