Bengaluru blast: What transpired through the day

A low intensity IED triggered by a timer device concealed in a bag left behind by a man is suspected to have caused the blast.

BySouth First Desk

Published Mar 01, 2024 | 2:50 PMUpdatedMar 01, 2024 | 11:45 PM

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An explosion at an outlet of the popular Rameshwaram cafe in Bengaluru on Friday, 1 March, has sent shockwaves across the state. The cause of the explosion is suspected to be a low intensity Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Fire and emergency service personnel had ruled out the possibility of cylinder blast or gas leak as probable cause earlier in the day. The explosion has injured at least nine people.

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  • 01 Mar 2024 10:24 PM (IST)

    Cafe management issues statement

    Divya Raghavendra Rao, cofounder and managing director of Rameshwaram Cafe, issued an official statement late on Friday.

    In it, she said: "We are deeply saddened by the unfortunate incident at our Brookefield branch today."

    Rao added: "We are cooperating with the authorities and officials in their investigations."

    She also said: "Our thoughts are with the injured and their families, and we are offering them all the support, assistance, and care they need and pray for their speedy recovery."

  • 01 Mar 2024 09:38 PM (IST)

    Karnataka Governor visits the injured in hospital

    Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot on Friday evening with one of the people injured in the blast.

    Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot on Friday evening with one of the people injured in the blast.

    Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot on Friday evening visited the people injured in the blast.

    The police have already confirmed in an official statement that 10 people were injured in the blast.

    They added in the statement that the injured included both customers and staff of Rameshwaram Cafe.

    Nine people were shifted to hospitals following the blast.

    All were safe and out of danger, according to officials.

  • 01 Mar 2024 09:27 PM (IST)

    Police confirm 10 people injured; case registered

    The Bengaluru City Police confirmed on Friday evening that 10 people — including both customers and staff of Rameshwaram Cafe — had been injured in the blast.

    They added that a case had been registered in this regard at the HAL Police Station, under whose jurisdiction Rameshwaram Cafe falls.

    The police also said they had invoked sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act of 1967 — succinctly known as the UAPA — and the Explosive Substances Act.

  • 01 Mar 2024 08:33 PM (IST)

    Identified the person who planted the bomb; probing all angles: DyCM DK Shivakumar

    Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar said that the police and other agencies are thoroughly probing the incident and the person who planted the bomb was identified.

    When a reporter asked whether the government was probing the terror angle of the blast, Shivakumar said: "We are probing all angles."

    "The entire Bengaluru has a very good surveillance system. The culprit will caught within a few hours," the deputy chief minister said.

    "Further details regarding the incident will be shared by the investigation team in due time," he added.

  • 01 Mar 2024 07:44 PM (IST)

    Deputy CM, Home Minister visit the spot

    Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister Dr G Parameshwara visited Rameshwaram Cafe, where the blast occurred, to take stock of the situation.

  • 01 Mar 2024 07:26 PM (IST)

    Injured people out of danger

    Nine people were shifted to hospitals following the blast. The injured are identified as Farooq (19), a staff of the eatery, Deepanshu (23), an employee of Amazon, Swarnamba (49), Mohan (41), Nagashree (35), Momi (30), Balaram Krishnan (31), Navya (25), and Srinivas (67).

    Three people were shifted to Brookefield Hospital and the rest to Vydehi Hospital.

    One among the injured, Swarnamba, suffered 40 percent burns with injuries in her hand and leg. All are safe and out of danger, according to officials.

  • 01 Mar 2024 07:23 PM (IST)

    Low-intensity IED

    Officials said that a low-intensity improvised explosive device (IED) was used for the blast. The explosion was triggered with a timer. Battery and nut bolts were used in the device.

  • 01 Mar 2024 07:11 PM (IST)

    CM confirms IED; assures strict action

    Chief Minister Siddaramaiah confirmed that the blast was caused due to an improvised explosive device (IED) and assured that strict action would be taken against the perpetrators.

    He said that the investigation was going on full swing and urged the Opposition leaders to "not play politics".

  • 01 Mar 2024 06:54 PM (IST)

    Survivor shares video

  • 01 Mar 2024 06:48 PM (IST)

    DGP confirms 'bomb blast'

    Describing the explosion as a "bomb blast", Karnataka DGP Alok Mohan said investigations are on and the police will find those who are behind it.

    "At 1 pm, a bomb blast occurred at the hotel (cafe), nine people were injured, and no one is serious. We are investigating. FSL (forensic) teams have come and are checking. The city police commissioner and other officers are at the spot. We will certainly identify who did it," Mohan, who visited the spot said.

    Asked whether an improvised explosive device (IED) was used for the blast, he said, "We are checking. Let's not say anything now itself. The FSL team has come and they are checking. Once they collect (samples from the spot), we will examine."

    Asked about reports that some batteries were found at the spot, he said once the FSL team does the full examination, there will be clarity.

  • 01 Mar 2024 06:18 PM (IST)

    Samples are being collected to see if it was an IED: Home Minister G Parameshwara

  • 01 Mar 2024 06:12 PM (IST)

    There were around 40 people at the eatery: Eyewitness

    Edison, an eyewitness said, "I was waiting outside the eatery for my turn when suddenly we heard a loud noise... an explosion. We got scared not knowing what it was. There were around 35-40 people at the eatery. They all started rushing out and there was absolute chaos. They started saying that a cylinder exploded. But we don't know exactly what happened."

  • 01 Mar 2024 06:10 PM (IST)

    Investigation underway: CM Siddaramaiah

  • 01 Mar 2024 05:43 PM (IST)

    No information on the owner of the bag: Fire and safety official

    "At 1.08 pm today, the fire department received a call about an LPG leakage fire in the cafe. When our officers and teams reached the spot, there was no fire or flame. A bag that was lying behind a woman who was sitting with six other customers at the eatery exploded. It is suspected that the explosion could have been caused due to some object in that bag," TN Shivashankar, Director of Karnataka State Fire and Emergency Services department told PTI.

    It is not clear whose bag it was, he said.

    Ruling out about the possibility of any gas cylinder leakage, the officer said, "I along with my team of officers inspected the spot. However, there is no sign of any leakage from the gas cylinder. We have checked it. Another LPG gas cylinder inside the kitchen which was used for tea and coffee was also checked but there is no leakage from it as well. There is no sign of gas leakage from any cylinders at the spot as per our initial probe."

  • 01 Mar 2024 05:38 PM (IST)

    NIA and IB officials have been informed: DGP

    CCTV footage is being scanned to check if there was any suspicious movement in and around Rameswaram Cafe in Whitefield, where the blast took place. Karnataka DGP Alok Mohan, Bengaluru Police Commissioner B Dayananda and other senior officials inspected the spot.

    NIA and IB officials have been informed, the DGP said.

  • 01 Mar 2024 05:34 PM (IST)

    At least nine people injured

    Those injured have been shifted to different hospitals for treatment. Among them were two staff and seven customers, officials said. Among those grievously injured is the woman who was sitting near the bag. She is being treated at the hospital

  • 01 Mar 2024 05:29 PM (IST)

    Waiting for official reports: Home Minister Dr G Parameshwara

    Karnataka Home Minister Dr G Parameshwara said samples were being analysed to confirm whether the blast was due to an IED.

    "There was a blast at a cafe this afternoon. We are investigating how it happened and who did it or how it happened. Our commissioner and DGP have visited the spot, and the FSL team and bomb disposal squad have gone there. Samples are being collected. We will know the source soon," he said.

    "Some nine people are injured and all have been shifted to the hospital. I am told none of them is critical or serious," he added.

    "Samples are being collected to see if it was an IED. Many people are making many claims of IED being placed and about a bag there but we are yet to get official confirmation. The home department will give official information. I will not speculate. This is not the place to speculate anything. That isn’t right. I won’t react until I get an official report from the department," Parameshwara said.

  • 01 Mar 2024 05:05 PM (IST)

    'Explosion happened from inside a bag of a customer'

    PC Rao President of Bangalore Hotel Association told South First that he had spoken to the owner of Rameshwaram Cafe who told him that the explosion happened from inside a bag of a customer who was inside the hotel.

  • 01 Mar 2024 04:32 PM (IST)

    Karnataka DGP reaches the spot

    Karnataka DGP Dr Alok Mohan IPS reached the spot where the blast occurred.

  • 01 Mar 2024 04:25 PM (IST)

    Five to six people injured

    "Around five or 10 minutes after 1 pm we heard a huge sound of explosion. We were on the opposite side of the cafe. At first, we thought it was a cylinder blast. When we came here, at least five to six people were injured," Shabrish told South First.

  • 01 Mar 2024 04:19 PM (IST)

    'There was no fire'

    "A 9-volt battery and pieces of bags were found at the spot of the explosion. There was no fire at all. There was a loud sound and smoke everywhere," Shabrish Kundalahalli, an eyewitness, told South First.

  • 01 Mar 2024 04:16 PM (IST)

    'Gas cylinders intact'

    Former IPS Officer Bhaskar Rao said he spoke to the owner of Rameshwaram Cafe and said that the gas cylinders were intact. He asserted that it was a blast.

  • 01 Mar 2024 04:12 PM (IST)

    Clear case of bomb blast: MP Tejasvi Surya

  • 01 Mar 2024 04:05 PM (IST)

    Union Minister Shobha Karandlaje seeks NIA probe

  • 01 Mar 2024 03:58 PM (IST)

    Blast at 1 pm

    At least four people have been injured in an explosion at Rameshwaram Cafe near the HAL area in Bengaluru on Friday, 1 March. The blast occurred at around 1 pm on Friday.

  • 01 Mar 2024 03:57 PM (IST)

    Cause of explosion not clear

    Initial reports suggested that the fire and emergency service personnel were informed of a cylinder explosion at the cafe. Prima facie assessment of the blast site has led police to believe that the explosion may not have been caused due to a cylinder blast. A probe is underway to assess if a gas pipeline caused the explosion or something else led to it.

  • 01 Mar 2024 03:54 PM (IST)

    Police and fire personnel rushed to the spot following the incident.