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Rameshwaram Cafe in Bengaluru Reopens, Tight Security Post-Blast

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Following an explosion that resulted in at least ten injuries, the Rameshwaram Cafe in Bengaluru resumed for business this morning.

The explosion happened on March 1st at the cafe in the Whitefield neighborhood of Bengaluru.

A lengthy line of patrons formed outside the popular cafe this morning when it opened to the general public amidst strict security measures.

Co-founder Raghavendra Rao joined all of the employees in singing the National Anthem prior to the cafe’s inauguration.

The cafe has undergone renovations to ensure a safer environment for customers.

“We are taking all the security measures to avoid such incidents in the future. We are strengthening our security team, and are also trying to have a panel of ex-servicemen to train our security guards,” Raghavendra Rao said while speaking to news agency ANI.

Earlier on Friday, Raghavendra Rao told news agency ANI, “We have given all CCTV footage and information to the authorities. We are cooperating with them. We are very thankful to the government for helping us reopen the cafe so soon.”

“NIA will soon bring the culprit before us. We have taken all precautions before reopening. The government and police have guided us on where to install more CCTVs. We will appoint one person just to keep watch on the premises,” he said.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday announced a bounty of ₹ 10 lakh for information about the bomber in connection with the blast at the Rameshwaram cafe.

The agency also emphasized that the confidentiality of the informants’ identities will be maintained. The agency also released a picture of the bomber, captured from the CCTV footage while keeping a bag in the Rameshwaram Cafe, a popular eatery in Bengaluru’s Brookfield area.

In the picture released by the NIA, the bomber is seen wearing a cap, black pants, and black shoes. In the post, the NIA also stressed that “any information leading to his (bomber) arrest shall be rewarded.”

The NIA declared the reward three days after the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) handed over the probe into the case to the anti-terror agency.

The case was handed over to the NIA on March 3, following the visit of an NIA team at the blast site.

On March 1, a crowded lunch hour saw an explosion at the cafe in Bengaluru’s Whitefield neighborhood, injuring a number of individuals.

Prior to this, the explosives at the cafe prompted the Bengaluru Police to file a case under the strict Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Explosives Substances Act.

The explosion occurred on March 1 at 1:00 PM, and the authorities discovered a suspect who was keeping a bag inside the cafe in the CCTV footage. So far, the police investigation has shown that the explosion was caused by an IED device that had a timer.

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