For 20 policemen of the fourth battalion of the Karnataka State Reserve Police deployed on Wednesday morning to provide security cover to the BJP office in Bangalore a powerful IED explosion that occurred 50 metres from the office was a near death experience.
The police van in which the men from the 4th battalion were parked was among the closest to the blast site and took a major impact from the blast.
As many as 11 KSRP personnel in the police van were among the 17 injured in the blast that occurred at 10.28 am (according to the video footage of the blast recorded by a CCTV camera outside the BJP office).
An assistant sub inspector Kunjappa and a constable Ganesh Rao,were in the van were among the people seriously injured in the blast.
The driver of the van Kaveriappa who stepped out for a cup of tea had a miraculous escape as the drivers cabin of the police van took the brunt of the blast.
“I was just a few yards from our van when I heard this loud sound behind me. There was fire all around soon after,” Kaveriappa,the police van driver said.
“We were on duty at Devegowda’s house yesterday. We came here around 8 am to provide security to the BJP office. When the blast occurred most of us were in the van while others were standing around,” said a head constable in the unit,S G Ramakrishnaiah.
“The sound was so loud we lost our hearing and bearing for a while. Many of those who were injured were in the front of the bus or standing outside,” N Chandrappa a constable on the van said.
The IED seemed to contain metallic objects that acted like projectiles on explosion of the IEDs and caused dents on the police van and injuries to its inhabitants.
“The clothes of our colleague Ganesh Rao was ripped apart by the blast. He was the worst hit,” said a policeman.
“But for the sturdy police van the blast would have had more serious consequences,” he said.