|Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (1st L) visits a victim at Omni hospital in Hyderabad, India, Feb. 24, 2013. Singh on Sunday visited the sites of the twin bomb blasts which hit capital Hyderabad of the country's southern state of Andhra Pradesh Thursday evening in a span of less than 10 minutes, killing at least 16 people and injuring over 117 others. (Xinhua/Stringer)
NEW DELHI, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday visited the sites of the twin bomb blasts which hit capital Hyderabad of the country's southern state of Andhra Pradesh Thursday evening in a span of less than 10 minutes, killing at least 16 people and injuring over 117 others.
The prime minister arrived at Hyderabad's Begumpet airport this morning by a special Indian Air Force plane, where he was received by state governor E.S.L. Narasimham, Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and other dignitaries. He later flew by a chopper to a place near the twin blast sites.
Local TV channels showed footage of Singh spending some 10 minutes each at the twin blast sites at Dilshuknagar, a busy commercial hub in the city, where he was briefed by the chief minister and the state police chief. He covered the second blast site from the first by foot.
The prime minister also paid a visit to two private hospitals where the injured are being treated. He also spoke to some of the injured as well as doctors treating them.
Singh, however, did not apparently speak to the media as Indian parliament is currently in session, but he is expected to make a statement at the Lower House of Parliament (Lok Sabha) Monday.
The prime minister had earlier described the terror attacks as "dastardly" act and said that those who responsible for the blasts would not go unpunished. He had also appealed to the public to remain calm and maintain peace.
Singh had already sanctioned from the Prime Minister's Relief Fund two lakh Indian rupees (4,000 U.S. dollars) each to the families of those killed and Rs 50,000 (1,000 U.S. dollars) each to those seriously injured in the blasts.