Cafe blast: How it happened & other details

Known as the Silicon Valley of India, over the years, Bengaluru has emerged as the prime location preferred by the nation’s top information technology (IT) companies. Earlier, today, Bengaluru was rocked by a blast that injured at least 10 people after it went off at the Rameshwaram Cafe in the city’s IT hub Whitefield.

The blast was triggered with the help of an improvised explosive device (IED). A security guard working at the Cafe who was present at the time of the incident said, “I was standing outside the cafe. Many customers had come to the hotel. Suddenly there was a loud sound and a fire broke out, causing injuries to the customers inside the hotel.” The Rameshwaram Cafe is one of the most popular hangouts in the city and is usually extremely crowded during lunch hours.

Govt in action

Talking about the blast, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar said that it is being investigated from all angles, and the government has already formed 7-8 teams that have been probing the incident. A team from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) also visited the explosion site earlier today.

How it happened

Deputy CM Shivakumar said that a youth came and kept a small bag, which exploded after an hour in the cafe. He also asked the people of Bengaluru not to worry.

“It was a low-intensity blast. A youth came and kept a small bag, which exploded after an hour. About 10 people received injuries. 7-8 teams formed to probe the incident. We are looking from all angles. I ask every Bangalorean not to worry,” he said.

Opposition targets state government

Meanwhile, the leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tejasvi Surya trained guns at Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. He said that the CM must give free hand to agencies to investigate the blast incident, adding that the state government is repeatedly changing its narrative on the matter.

“At first, they tried the narrative of cylinder blast. Now, they are trying the narrative of business rivalry. Why can’t the Congress Govt allow the investigation agencies to do their job? Why preempt? Why prompt? Vote Bank compulsions? CM Siddaramaiah must give free hand to investigate and give clear answers to people of Bengaluru,” Tejasvi Surya posted on X.

Detailed inspection

Earlier today, Karnataka Deputy CM and State Home Minister Dr G Parameshwara, along with DGP Alok Mohan, also visited the Bengaluru explosion site for inspection.

Meanwhile, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah also said that the accused involved in the blast will be traced and punished, adding that opposition parties should refrain from indulging in politics over the incident.

While talking to reporters in Mysuru, Siddaramaiah said, “CCTV footage from the cafe is being examined. It has come to be known that someone had left a bag at the cafe. The accused in the incident will be punished.”

Asserting that “multiple explosions have also taken place in previous governments,” the Chief Minister said, “This incident has happened in our government. Disciplinary and strict action will be taken against those involved. Politics should not be done in this matter.”

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