PM visits blast sites, called on injured at hospitals

HYDERABAD, Feb 24:
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his three-hour visit to the Andhra Pradesh Capital today visited the twin bomb blasts site and later called on the injured at the hospitals where they have been admitted.
Dr Singh also held a review meeting with Andhra Pradesh Governor E S L Narasimhan and Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on the steps taken by the State Government after the blasts before leaving for New Delhi this afternoon.
Dr Singh said his visit is to express solidarity with the people of the city and appealed for peace and calm.
After reaching the blasts site area from Victoria Memorial Home in bullet-proof vehicle amid tight security arrangements, the Prime Minister was at the two blast sites —Konark Theatre and Venkatadri Theatre–for about 10 minutes.
The Chief Minister and the DGP explained Dr Singh about exactly what happened on February 21, the day of the explosions, the measures taken later and how many people died and got injured.
The Prime Minister was also told about the nature of the probe by the investigating agencies thereafter by the Chief Minister.
Dr Singh viewed the charred vehicles and damage to the shops at the blast sites.
Dr Singh said he would pray for the speedy recovery of those who were injured in the twin bomb blasts.
Speaking to a news channel at the Yashoda Hospitals where he called on the victims who were injured in the blasts, Dr Singh said “I express my condolences to the bereaved families who lost their wards in the blasts.”
“I came here to share grief and sorrow of the people of Hyderabad and Andhra Pradesh,” the Prime Minister said, adding the state government would give the best medical care to the injured people.
“I am happy that the people of Hyderabad have refused to be provoked by this nefarious incident,” he added.
Dr Singh told the patients not to lose self-confidence as the Andhra Pradesh Government would extend all its possible help for their recovery.
The Chief Minister informed the Prime Minister about the nature of the injuries they were affected in the blasts and the doctors informed him about the patients’ recovery and those still in critical condition in the hospitals.
Police threw a security blanket at the blast site and the hospitals and imposed traffic restrictions. Barring photographers, the reporters were not allowed to cover the Prime Minister’s itinerary. (UNI)

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