Armed terrorists attack IISc B'lore
Bangalore: An armed intruder opened fire at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) premises in Bangalore on Wednesday evening, killing Professor MC Puri of IIT-Delhi and injuring five others.
The intruder, came in an Ambassador car around 1845 hrs (IST) and started firing indiscriminately near the Tata Auditorium where a seminar, International Conference on Management Studies was being held. Professor Puri was among the 250 professors attending the seminar.
Atleast 4 people are suspected to be involved in the shootout. One of them, who was wearing a black jacket, started firing when the people came out. After the shooting, he managed to escape.
The injured include Dr Pankaj Gupta, Dr Vijay Chandra, Sonia, Dr Sangeetha and one Patelappa. Dr Gupta is a reader at Deen Dayal Upadhya Hospital in Delhi and Patelappa is a lab technician at IISc.
While the condition of Patelappa and Sangeetha is reported to be out of danger, Gupta is still in the operation theatre. The three have been admitted to M S Ramaiah Hospital.
Two others injured are still critical and have been shifted to Mallige Hospital.
Joint Commissioner of police, Bangalore, MC Gowda said the armed assailant walked into the auditorium and began firing indiscriminately. Police have cordoned off the area and launched a hunt.
Even as combing operations are on, sources say an AK-47 assault rifle, a live grenade and three magazines have been recovered.
The use of sophisticated weapons indicates the incident was a pre-planned. Intelligence sources are hinting the attack may be linked to Abu Salem's presence in the city.
Salem has been brought to Bangalore for a lie detector test.
The Institute is on a hit list of terrorist groups, including Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Meanwhile, Union Home Secretary VK Duggal is holding an emergency meeting at the Capital and fresh reports say that the Centre has constituted a special task force to tackle the issue.
In the wake of the terror attack, over 20 security personnel have been stationed at the institute and 17 check-posts have been set up around the city.
Chief Minister Dharam Singh, who is to reach the institute to review the situation, has convened a meeting at 1100 hrs (IST) on Thursday.
Expressing condolences to all affected, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condemned the terror attack. Arjun Singh has also expressed grief over the attack.
Friday, December 30, 2005 (Bangalore):
A fax message to the news media in Bangalore claims that six bomb attacks will be carried out on the home of Chief Minister Dharam Singh and the Grand Ashok Hotel on New Year's eve.
The message said six Al Jihadis in the city would launch the strikes.
Separately, police released a sketch of the gunman who raided the Indian Institute of Science on Wednesday killing a scientist and wounding four others.
Police say the latest threat is treated seriously but terrorists are unlikely to inform before they strike.
"Very common sense that we can't ignore it, but we should also keep in mind terrorists will not fax saying at so and so place we are doing to do such a thing," said Ajai Kumar Singh, the police commissioner of Bangalore.
Singh added, Wednesday's gun attack had the trademarks of the militant group Lashkar-e-Toiba. So far there is no clue to who the attacker is and the motive.
IIS resumes activity
Scientist MC Puri, a retired professor of IIT-Delhi died in the raid. The Indian Institute of Science has now resumed activity as usual.
Its director Professor Balram ruled out high-security as it will pose a problem at the institute.
"There will be the problem of access… freedom... the ambience of a university will be lost if you convert it into an armed fortress."
Elsewhere in Bangalore security services are on high alert. The shootout and threat of bomb attacks will see the city under a tight security blanket when the New Year begins.