Don't talk to blast victims, Pune police chief to media

Pune: The media should keep away from hospitals in Pune where victims of the eatery blast are recuperating, the city police chief warned Sunday. “This is not just a request, it is our official direction,” he said.

Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh said at a press conference here that the media should not interview any blast victim, including those at hospitals.

“I want to appeal and request media persons not to go to hospitals where the injured are admitted or talk to them about the incident. This is against national interest.

“It is not just a request, it is also our official direction. Hospitals have also been directed to not allow anyone in the hospitals. Anyone violating this would have to face the consequences,” Singh told reporters.

Nine people, including two foreign nationals were killed, while 60 people (48 Indians and 12 foreign nationals) were injured in the blast at the German Bakery Saturday evening.

While 19 of the injured have been discharged from hospitals, 41 are still undergoing treatment, Singh said.

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