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Day after blasts, Pune police still in dark

No arrests made, sketches of suspected criminals being made

  • IANS
  • Published: 18:01 August 2, 2012
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: AP
  • Police examine the site of one of four blasts in the city of Pune. Home Minister R.R. Patil visited the sites and said it would be ‘premature’ to term the blasts as an act of terror.

Pune: Even as investigators from different security agencies on Thursday probed the four low-intensity serial blasts in a single area in Pune on Wednesday night, police remained clueless about the perpetrators of the crime.

Speaking to media persons here, Pune’s Joint Commissioner of Police Sanjeev Kumar Singhal said an FIR has been registered in the case against unknown people and no arrests have been made yet.

Tailor Dayanand Patil, who was the only person injured in the blast, is suspected to have been linked in the incident and is being interrogated. “We are questioning him,” Singhal said.

“He is a local and claims to have accidentally picked up the bag out of curiosity, opened it and got injured,” he added.

Patil was discharged from Sasoon Hospital this morning but was taken into custody by the Pune Crime Branch for further questioning. His wife is also being questioned.

“We have registered a case against ‘unknown persons’ under Sections 307 [attempt to murder], 427 [mischief causing damage], 120 B [criminal conspiracy] and relevant sections of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and Explosive Substances Act,” Singhal said.

The Pune crime branch will investigate the attacks.

Singhal said pencil cell batteries, timers and detonators have been found from the bomb sites and have been sent to the forensic science laboratory for testing.

Two of the four blast devices were attached to bicycles and hence police are questioning cycle shop owners in the city.

“Sketches of suspected criminals are being made on the basis of information received from owners of cycle shops after a police team questioned them,” Singhal said.

Home Minister R.R. Patil, who visited the blasts sites early on Thursday, said it would be “premature” to term them as an act of terror.

Meanwhile, security has been beefed up in Mumbai and other major cities of the state. Road blocks have been put up in different parts of the city, including the two national highways and approach routes from adjoining Thane and Raigad districts, while random checks on vehicles are being carried out.

On February 13, 2010, a major explosion had ripped through the German Bakery in the city’s posh Koregaon Park, killing 17 people, including some foreign nationals, and injuring 64 others.

 

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