PM visits Hyderabad blast sites, meets injured

Hyderabad, Feb 24 (IANS) Three days after two powerful bombs killed 16

people and injured 117, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Sunday visited the

sites here and called on the injured.

Accompanied by Andhra Pradesh Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan and Chief

Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, he first stopped at the Anand Tiffin Centre

in front of Konark Theatre in Dilsukhnagar.

The chief minister briefed him about the terror attack. He walked up to the scene of the second blast, a few meters away.

Manmohan Singh, who flew into Hyderabad in an Indian Air Force aircraft,

later met the injured at two hospitals. He spoke to them and enquired from the doctors about their condition.

At the Yashoda Hospital, the prime minister assured the victims all possible help from the government. "God bless you," he told one of them.

He saw the x-ray of an injured person and spoke to doctors about the nature of his injuries. One of the victims told the prime minister that he was having snacks at a roadside eatery when the first bomb exploded.

The prime minister avoided road travel apparently due to security reasons.

After landing at the Begumpet airport at 11, he flew in a helicopter to Victoria Memorial School near Dilsukhnagar. He then drove about 2.5 km to reach the first blast site.

After spending an hour visiting the two sites and the hospitals, Manmohan Singh flew back to the Begumpet airport.


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