Manmohan Singh, Sonia condemn Hyderabad blasts

New Delhi, Feb 22 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has strongly condemned the twin bomb blasts in Hyderabad in which at least 14 people have been killed and several others injured.

While expressing shock and grief over the loss of lives in the blasts, Dr. Singh has appealed to the public to remain calm and maintain peace.

He has also directed the central agencies to extend all possible help to the Andhra Pradesh state authorities in relief operations.

"This is a dastardly attack, the guilty will not go unpunished", Dr. Singh said.

Dr. Singh has also sanctioned ex-gratia from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund to the tune of Rs.2 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased persons and Rs.50,000/- each to the persons seriously injured in bomb blasts

Meanwhile, Congress President Sonia Gandhi also condemned this dastardly blast.

Two powerful near simultaneous bomb blasts ripped through a crowded area close to a cluster of bus stands in Dilsukhnagar area in Hyderabad on Thursday. (ANI)