1 Mar 2024

Bengaluru Cafe Blast: IED was employed in attack on cafe, says Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah; unsettling CCTV footage surfaces

Nine people suffered injuries in a bomb explosion at the renowned Rameshwaram Cafe in Bengaluru's Kundalahalli today, as confirmed by Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah during a press briefing. The blast, captured on CCTV, prompted the police to initiate an investigation into the cause of the incident at The Rameshwaram Cafe. The Rameshwaram Cafe in Bengaluru's Kundalahalli witnessed the blast around 12:30 pm today. 

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah informed the media that an improvised explosive device (IED) was employed in the attack on the cafe.

"At approximately 12:30 pm, there was an explosion, and a bag was found. The investigation is ongoing, and I have been informed that it was an IED. We are in the process of gathering more details," stated Siddaramaiah.

An FIR has been filed by the police under the anti-terror legislations Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Explosive Substances Act.

Bengaluru South MP Tejasvi Surya from the BJP, in a post on X (formerly Twitter), shared insights from his conversation with the cafe owner, Sri Nagaraj, regarding the blast's cause. Nagaraj said that the explosion resulted from a bag left by a customer, not a cylinder explosion. Nagaraj said, "Bengaluru demands clear answers from Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. It seems to be a clear case of a bomb blast."

The nine injured people received treatment at Brookfield Hospital and are reported to be out of danger, as confirmed by Karnataka Police chief Alok Mohan.

CCTV footage has surfaced

Several hours following a bomb blast that injured nine people at a café in Bengaluru, unsettling CCTV footage has surfaced, depicting a typical bustling afternoon at the popular venue. The explosion occurred, leaving at least one woman sprawled on the floor, with others scrambling for safety.

The CCTV camera, strategically positioned above a counter in the café, captured the moments leading up to the explosion and its immediate aftermath. Customers awaited tables, and a waiter was on the verge of placing a plate on the counter when the blast tore through a section of the café.

As debris fell from the ceiling, the smoke dissipated, revealing a person falling while attempting to flee. Simultaneously, a woman lay on the floor, later seen struggling to rise without success.

Another CCTV camera within the café showcased the counter, resembling an open kitchen, and the waiting area. When the explosion occurred, both customers and staff behind the counter hastily fled the scene.

Bomb squads, along with teams from the anti-terror National Investigation Agency and the forensics laboratory, swiftly arrived at the site. 

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