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Angry Karnataka blames betting lobby for semis being moved out

The Karnataka govt has blamed the decision to move the IPL semi-final matches out of Bangalore on the betting lobby.

Written by Johnson TA | Bangalore |
April 20, 2010 2:52:27 am

The Karnataka government has blamed the decision to move the IPL semi-final matches out of Bangalore on the betting lobby. “It could be a betting lobby that is behind moving the semi-final matches out of Bangalore or some other lobby. We had assured them that we would take control of the stadium and ensure safe conduct of the tournament. They did not listen to us,” state Home Minister V S Acharya said on Monday.

The statement was issued after reporters asked the Home Minister if Bangalore’s reputation as a safe destination had been besmirched by the IPL games moving out of the city.

Police sources said investigations remained open in terms of possible perpetrators of the blasts and there was no evidence of the role of groups like the Indian Mujahideen or its offshoot being involved.

Three of the seriously injured persons in Saturday’s bomb blasts outside Gate 12 of the Chinnaswamy cricket stadium underwent surgical procedures on Monday to remove shrapnel from different parts of their body. All three were in good health following the surgeries,said officials at the Mallya Hospital where they are admitted.

Mehboob Ali,24,a security guard employed by the agency Handyman,Rahul,18,a supervisor for food vendors in the stadium,and Srinivasa Murthy,54,a police Head Constable,are among those who are still in the hospital. Five people suffered serious injuries while nine had minor wounds in the blast.

While Mehboob Ali,who hails from Manipur,had small stone shrapnel embedded in his skull,the others had shrapnel in their arms and upper body. Ali’s friend Amjad Khan said,“We earn about Rs 3,000 per month. We don’t have resources to pay for the treatment.”

According to the president of the hospital,Commodore Indru Wadhwani,the police have promised to pay the treatment costs of the victims through the state government.

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