Curiosity,cameras give cops hard time at blast sites

The police had to use batons to chase them away.

Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad | Published: February 23, 2013 3:18:02 am

While teams from the National Investigation Agency and a special investigation team from NSG looked for clues at the blast sites on Friday,police had a tough time keeping thousands of curious people at bay.

Since 9 am,thousands started arriving in Dilsukhnagar to have a look at the blast sites. Families in cars and SUVs,enthusiastic youths on motorcycles armed with cameras and a large number of women and children arrived in shared autorickshaws,blocked the main road causing traffic jams.

The police,who were having a hard time with VIPs arriving,including Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde,TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu,and MPs and MLAs,had a tough time keeping the crowds away from the crime scene. The police had to use batons to chase them away.

The people would scamper across the three-feet-high meridian and cross the road but converge again moments later near the blast sites. Many were seen clicking photos of themselves with the crime scene in the background.

The area observed a voluntary shutdown on Friday. While buses ran as usual,the usually crowded Dilsukhnagar bus stand and the lanes and bylanes wore a deserted look.

Shinde,who visited the blast site early morning,met the injured later in the day. “The state government will take care of medical expenses of all of them. The state and Centre are both giving ex-gratia to the families of the deceased,’’ he said. Shinde said it was early to say who was behind the blasts.

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