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NIA providing assistance to police in B'lore blast case


Bengaluru (Dec. 30, 2014): National Investigation Agency Tuesday said it will provide "all possible" assistance to police which is probing the explosion outside a restaurant here that killed a woman and injured three others, as the city came under thick security blanket ahead of New Year revelry.

"Basically we are assisting, providing whatever help we can to the state police force which is investigating the case," NIA Special Director General Navneet Wasan told after visiting the blast site on Church Street in the central business district.

Police and NIA are probing all angles, including the role of banned outfit SIMI in the terror attack. A Special Investigation Team headed by Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) has been formed to investigate the case.

The blast triggered by an Improvised Explosive Device placed in a potted plant had occurred outside the restaurant on December 28 claiming the life of 38-year-old Bhavani who was on a visit to city from Chennai.

Speaking to reporters at Chitradurga, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said "inquiry is going on; no organisation has claimed about being behind the attack yet...Investigations are on; we are in touch with the central government, police is coordinating with the NIA," he added.

Meanwhile, ahead of New Year revelry, security was beefed up in the city, even as a 17-year-old youth was "secured" for posting tweets claiming responsibility for the explosion and threatening more attacks.

Bengaluru central area, where much of the New Year celebrations happens and the blast occurred outside a restaurant on Church Street on Sunday, would be under thick security blanket with everyone being frisked.