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Family video shows suspect at wedding during Pune Blast
Thursday, May 27, 2010 09:29:26 PM, Agencies
Video grab of Abdul Samad
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Mangalore: In yet another embarrassing development for the Maharashtra ATS, family of Abdul Samad Bhatkal, who was arrested on May 24 in connection with the Pune German Bakery blast of February 13, 2010 says he was present at the wedding ceremony during the blast.
The family also made public the video of a wedding in Mangalore wherein Samad Bhatkal is seen serving food to guests.
Samad Bhatkal was arrested on Monday after investigators matched his face with CCTV images of the German Bakery. He is alleged to have planted bomb at the bakery. However, the Bhatkal family has strongly denied his involvement in the blast. In their defence they have released the video of the wedding of Samad's uncle Mohammad Ibrahimís son.
The report along with the video that appeared on the leading Indian TV channel NDTV says, though there is no way to tell the date of the wedding by seeing the video, the visuals of the wedding card, say it was on February 5 and 6 this year.
Quoting from the Bhatkal family, the report says Samad remained at the wedding in Mangalore right up to the reception on February 15. The Pune blast took place on February 13.
Samad Bhatkal was picked from Mangaloreís Bajpe airport soon after he arrived on an Air India Express flight from Dubai at 8:30 am on May 24. Later, Maharashtra ATS declared him arrested as the prime suspect in Pune blast.
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram spent no time and issued a statement in New Delhi complimenting the Maharashtra ATS for identifying Samad as prime accused in the Pune blasts. However, 24 hours after he was picked, Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) sought his police remand in an arms case, not in the Pune blast case as the interrogators could not get much in 24 hours of questioning. Mazgaon Metropolitan Magistrate on May 25 sent him into police custody till June 1.
Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil has also been quoted by the media as saying that Samad has not been arrested in the Pune blast case.
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