Bomb scare for charity worker

A CHARITY official has spoken of his shock at being less than a kilometre away from two bombs that rocked an Indian city.

Vishwanath Pullé, from Darras Hall in Ponteland, was at the scene in Hyderabad in the Andhra Pradesh state of India, just a few hours before the two devices were set off on Thursday.

The bombs, which killed 15 people and injured a further 119, were strapped to two bicycles about 150 metres apart.

They exploded minutes apart in a crowded shopping area near to two cinemas at around 7pm local time as people headed home from work.

Mr Pullé, a trustee of the Angels of the North umbrella charity, and fellow trustee Dr Ram Reddy, had been at the scene at 1pm that day.

Mr Pullé said: “It is really terrible.

“We drove past that area to a temple in the morning and then returned, fortunately, around 1pm, in time to be safely far from the incident.

“We are all safe, the bomb exploded a kilometre from Ram’s place. I talked to him and he is ok.”

Mr Pullé was in the city to supervise a new educational charity for orphans and deprived youngsters that Angels of the North is funding there.

He will stay in Hyderabad until tomorrow, when he will fly to Chennai.