Affected Locations: Bengaluru, India

What: An explosion occurred at an eatery at Rameshwaram Café in Brookefield, Bengaluru, on 01 March 2024, leading to injuries to at least nine individuals. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has handed the case over to the National Investigative Agency (NIA).

Why: The motive for the blast is still undetermined, and the search for those responsible is ongoing.

Historical Trend: Bengaluru has witnessed four significant bomb incidences in the past two decades.

  • A series of nine blasts were reported in July 2008, leading to two deaths and 20 injuries.
  • Bombing was reported at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on April 2010, leading to 15 injuries.
  • A blast was reported near the BJP headquarters at Malleswaram in April 2013, leading to 17 injuries.
  • Church Street in Bengaluru was targeted by a low-intensity Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in December 2014, leading to one death and four injuries.

So What:

  • Heightened security measures are likely to continue as investigations are ongoing.
  • Karnataka’s Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has directed senior police officers to identify densely populated areas and increase police patrolling, as well as use technology effectively for the investigation.
  • Traffic restrictions and heightened police patrolling can be expected near Rameshwaram café in Brookfield, transport hubs, government buildings, and crowded areas.
  • Based on the similarities in the assembly of the explosive, detonator, timer, and mechanism, the police are investigating links between the recent blast and the blast in Mangaluru in November 2022.
  • Increased vigilance can also be anticipated in other metro cities as a precautionary measure. Security measures at crowded places have been increased in Delhi and Hyderabad after the explosion in Bengaluru.

Outlook: The low-intensity IED blast in Bengaluru has led to heightened security measures, which are likely to continue as the investigation is ongoing. Organizations are advised to remain updated regarding the situation and security measures implemented by authorities. It is advisable to review the security measures of assets and prepare and implement contingency plans.

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