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Bengaluru Gets Bomb Threat Days After Rameshwaram Cafe Blast

The Karnataka government has received a threatening email, warning of an explosion in Bengaluru on Saturday afternoon, a report said.

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Bengaluru: Forensic officials at the Rameshwaram cafe blast site, in Bengaluru, Saturday, March 2, 2024. Photo: PTI
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The Karnataka government has received a threatening email, warning of an explosion in Bengaluru on Saturday afternoon, a report said. The email stated the explosion would rock the city at 2.48 pm on Saturday, the indiatoday.in report said.

The mail was reportedly addressed to Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar, the Home Minister, and the Bengaluru Police Commissioner, and was sent by a person named Shahid Khan.

According to the email, the explosion could hit crowded places such as restaurants, temples, buses, or trains. The sender warned of planting bombs during public events, writing that the perpetrators demanded a ransom of $2.5 million dollars (more than Rs 20 crore) to not carry out the explosion.

The alleged threat email comes days after the bomb blast that took at the popular Rameshwaram cafe in Whitefield area of Bengaluru.

The explosion on Friday, March 1, at the Rameshwaram cafe that left nine people injured was initially suspected to be a cylinder blast but was later confirmed to be a bomb blast by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said CCTV footage showed a man keeping a bag inside the cafe. "It’s not heavy explosive. But it was improvised," the chief minister had said, adding that the man who placed the bag inside the cafe took a token from the cash counter.

The probe into the Rameshwaram cafe was handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), sources said on Monday a day after Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said his government may consider handing over the investigation to the anti-terror agency if the need arises.

A man wearing a cap, mask and glasses seen on CCTV footage is the prime suspect in the case and is still untraceable, the sources cited in a PTI report said. The explosion is suspected to be carried out through an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).

Soon after the blast, the Karnataka Police registered a case under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Explosives Substances Act.

The NIA is a specialised probe agency to investigate terror related cases. The agency was created in 2008 following the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

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