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Bengaluru Blast Probe may be Handed over to NIA

New Delhi, Dec 29: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh after attending a high level meeting with top officials in the national capital said that Bengaluryu blast probe may be handed over over to the NIA.

Addressing a press conference here today, Singh said that all the states should install the CCTV cameras and tighten the security in their states in view of the possible terror strikes. He said that the ministry is reviewing the situation and discussing with the intelligence officials. The ministry will decide to hand it over to the NIA on the basis of the further reports from Intelligence.

Rajnath Singh attended the meeting with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Intelligence Bureau chief Syed Asif Ibrahim, Home Secretary Anil Goswami and other top officials in Delhi to discuss the Bengaluru blast that claimed one live and injured five others yesterday night. The meeting lasted for 3 hours.

Meanwhile, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah chaired a high-level meet in Bengaluru attended by state Home Minister KJ George, City Police Commissioner MN Reddi and other officials.

Media reports claimed that ammonium nitrate, sharpness were used in the explosive used in Bengaluru in which five were injured and one woman was killed. The victim, 37, was a native of Chennai. She was on a visit to the city. Her relative was also injured in the blast.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said the government would provide a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the family of the woman and said best treatment would be provided to the injured.

The blast had occurred around 8.30 pm, yesterday, near Coconut Grove, a famous restaurant on Church Street, close to Brigade Road in the heart of the city. The entire area is the most popular hangout zone in the tech city, especially on weekends.

Initial investigations suggest that it was a low-intensity explosion triggered by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).

The blast came barely two weeks after threats of "revenge attacks" on social media following the arrest of Mehdi Masroor Biswas, who allegedly operated a Islamic State propaganda Twitter account.

Earlier, the IT hub had witnessed blasts in 2008, 2010 and 2013.

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