The Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday received report from the Maharashtra government regarding the Pune blast in which four people were injured. A low-intensity blast triggered by an IED planted in a bike parked in front of a police station in the heart of the city on Thursday left four persons injured, one of them a Constable, even as authorities did not rule out the possibility of involvement of a terror group in the incident.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, “ATS is probing Pune blast and we are waiting for the report.”
According to the sources, impact of the blast and placement of the stolen motorbike suggested that the bomber may not have intended to inflict serious casualties. Preliminary analysis suggests IED consisted of ammonium nitrate and about 300 gm of explosives were used. Timer device has been recovered.
Sources in the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad said that the CCTV footage of the area has been recovered, but the quality of the footage isn’t very good. Sources added that they need to go in for video enhancement. No suspects have been narrowed down so far.
Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil announced handing over the probe to ATS while describing the explosion as “suspicious”.
“We are examining all possibilities and ruling out none,” Police Commissioner Satish Mathur, who visited the spot with officials from ATS, said.
The incident happened close to the famous Dagdusheth Halwai Ganesh Temple in the crowded Budhwar Peth area in the city centre. The temple, which attracts a large number of devotees, especially during the annual Ganesh festival, was target of an abortive bomb attack in 2010.
Mathur said the motorbike used to plant the device had been stolen from a police personnel some time ago. “Remnants of the device, ball bearings and nails, which were strewn around were recovered and sent for forensic examination.”
The Commissioner said security has been stepped up across Pune and vehicles are being checked at all exit and entry points. Two of the wounded civilians were identified as Mayur Salunkhe and Deepak Singh.