Hyderabad blasts toll rises to 17

Death toll in the Dilsukhnagar bomb blast incident rose to 17 as one more injured person died on Tuesday night while undergoing treatment at Yashoda Hospital in the city.

After battling for life for two weeks, 25-year-old Amrutha Ravi Kumar died on Tuesday. Ravi Kumar,  from Karimnagar district, was seriously injured in the blast on February 21 evening and, according to hospital sources, died following a massive heart attack.

Doctors said Ravi had been on ventilator since his admission to hospital. The shrapnel that entered his body from the right side, sliced through large and small intestines. Ravi had also sustained fractures on his legs and hands.

Ravi was preparing for tests for those aspiring to be sub inspector of police. He was having snacks at a roadside eatery with his friend G Tirupathi on the evening when the bombs went off. Tirupathi died on the spot. 

He was one of many MBA students wanting to enter the police as sub inspector and was attending coaching classes at Dilsukhnagar. Ravi was residing in the hostels in the same neighbourhood.  

Nearly 11 blast victims, including two women, have to live with amputated legs, while 15 of them are still being treated at three city hospitals. Their conditions are reported to be stable. The rest have been discharged after treatment and were given ex gratia compensation ranging from Rs 20,000 to Rs 2,00,000. 

The city police  and the Organization to Counter Terrorist Operations commandos conducted search operations in Hyderabad and surrounding towns and highways following alert from Delhi of a possible terror attack during Maha Shivratri.

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