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Bangalore Blast: Home Ministry expresses unhappiness with Karnataka Police

New Delhi: Union Home Ministry on Monday expressed its unhappiness with Karnataka Police for not taking proper security measures during the Bangalore IPL match.

At least 17 people were wounded when two bombs exploded on Saturday, which caused an hour”s delay in the Indian Premier League (IPL) match between the Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Home Ministry sources also expressed shock over a State Police decision to go ahead with the match even after the explosion and asked the state Police to submit a report on this.

The ministry suspects the involvement of Yasin Bhatkal of the Indian Mujahiddin (IM), who was also behind the Pune blast.

Sources suspect that Bhatkal might have fled to Dubai after the Pune incident.

On Sunday, the Bnagalore Police defused three bombs near the Stadium.

The first one around 100 meters from the stadium and the second one near the Gandhi statue at M G Road.

A third explosive was defused near Gate Number One of the stadium.

Sources said bombers had time placed the devices behind a flex board.

Roughly 20,000 people were packed into the stadium and hundreds more were streaming in when a loud explosion at Gate Number 12 rattled nearby buildings.

The first explosion occurred at 3:15 p.m., and the second, 20 minutes later. The explosives were found in bushes.

Preliminary forensic investigation revealed that the explosive was an ammonium nitro glycerine gelatin stick. It was detonated with the help of a microchip timer.

On Sunday, the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) shifted both semi finals from Bangalore to Navi Mumbai.

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