Bomb threats keep Bangalore on alert

By agencies   |   Friday, 30 December 2005, 08:00 Hrs
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BANGALORE: Two days after a gunman opened fire at a science conference at the Indian Institute of Science killing a professor and injuring four others, a letter threatening bomb blasts on new year eve has kept the police in India's IT hub on high alert.

In the letter addressed to police and published in local newspapers today, a man calling himself Moinuddin threatened there would be bomb blasts on New Year's Eve at a five-star hotel and at the residence of state chief minister.

"We have not received any such fax or message. At the same time, we do take such threats, even if hoax, seriously and prepare for any eventuality," a top police official said.

"We continue to maintain high alert in the city and across the state. There is no cause for panic," said B. S. Sial, director general of police for the southern state of Karnataka, of which Bangalore is the capital.

Police officials said the attack in which a gunmen sprayed bullets indiscriminately at delegates, was likely the work of militants.

"Preliminary investigations by the city police and vital clues available so far indicate that it was a terror attack," Karnataka chief minister Dharam Singh said on Thursday.

Police officials are hoping the injured will provide further clues to the identity of the assailant.

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