Pune: Even as
investigators from different security agencies Thursday probed the
four low-intensity serial blasts in a single area in Pune
Wednesday night, police remained clueless about the perpetrators.
Pune police have however, detained four people including the sole
injured victim Dayanand Patil, a tailor. The others are Patil's
wife Satyasheela and Balu and Chintu Deshmukh - two brothers who
own Sony Cycle Trading Co - the shop from where the cycles used in
the blast were purchased.
Confirming the development, Pune Police Commissioner Gulabrao Pol
said that Balu and Chintu are detained for questioning after they
confirmed that an unidentified person purchased two bicycles from
their shop Wednesday morning.
Earlier speaking to media persons here, 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.
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.
"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
Patil was discharged from Sasoon Hospital this morning but was
taken into custody by the Crime Branch, which is investigating the
case, for further questioning.
Police sources claimed that Patil possesses a passport and has
travelled to Jordan in 2003, but officials refused to confirm
Singhal also said pencil cell batteries, timers and detonators had
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
Thursday, said it would be "premature" to term them as an act of
Meanwhile, security has been beefed up in Mumbai and other major
cities of the state. Road blocks have come 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 Feb 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.