We won’t let culprits go scot-free: Manmohan

Lauding the people of Hyderabad for maintaining calm and peace after Thursday’s bomb blasts, prime minister Manmohan Singh said that the government will not let the perpetrators of the crime go free.

Published: 25th February 2013 10:39 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th February 2013 11:00 AM   |  A+A-

Hyd blast victim - EPS

Lauding the people of Hyderabad for maintaining calm and peace after Thursday’s bomb blasts, prime minister Manmohan Singh said on Sunday that the government will not let the perpetrators of the crime go free.

“I have come here to share the grief and agony of the victims of the twin bomb blasts. I express my deepest condolences to the bereaved families. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured. The Centre has assured Andhra Pradesh government of all support. I appeal to the people to maintain calm. I am very happy that people of Hyderabad have refused to be provoked by the terrorist act,” the prime minister said after visiting the sites of twin blasts at Dilsukhnagar here.

Expressing satisfaction over the way the state government is taking care of the injured, Manmohan Singh promised every possible help by way of providing best medical treatment for the injured and giving ex gratia to the next of kin of those who died in the blasts.

The prime minister came to Hyderabad at 11.15 am by a special plane from Delhi. After landing at Begumpet airport, he flew to Victoria Memorial home near Dilsukhnagar by a special helicopter, escorted by two army choppers, and from there he drove to the twin blast sites at Dilsukhnagar.

First, the prime minister visited Anand tiffin centre, where the first blast occurred on Thursday. After that he walked to the second site near Venkatadri theatre 100 yards away, where another blast occurred.

During the visit, chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy briefed the prime minister on the details of the incident and the intensity of the explosions. Singh tried to know more from DGP V Dinesh Reddy, who also accompanied him.

Then, the prime minister visited the injured at Yashoda and Omni hospitals, which are located within 2 km from the blast site.

Singh spent 15 minutes at Yashoda Hospital, Malakpet, where 13 injured are undergoing treatment. From there, he went to Omni Hospital at Kothapet, where 10 victims are being treated.

The prime minister enquired from doctors about the condition of the injured and interacted with them and their family members.

After spending time with the injured, he flew back to Begumpet airport in the chopper and returned to Delhi at around 1.30 pm.

Earlier, in a brief statement at Yashoda Hospital, the prime minister called upon the people of the state to exercise restraint. “I request people to maintain calm and peace in this hour of grief,” he said.

Apart from Governor ESL Narasimhan and chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, PCC chief Botcha Satyanarayana, home minister P Sabita Indra Reddy, several Union ministers from the state and ministers accompanied the prime minister during his visit.

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