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‘Blast was remote controlled’

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Pune, February 18, 2010
First Published: 01:30 IST(18/2/2010) | Last Updated: 01:31 IST(18/2/2010)

A remote control device was most likely used to trigger the bomb that destroyed German Bakery on February 13, killing 11 people, Pune Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh said on Wednesday.

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“We have [evidence to] indicate that a remote control device was used,” Singh said.

A Bomb Detection Unit of the elite National Security Guard collected evidence from the blast site on Wednesday.

When asked if the bomb could have been set off from a distance, Singh replied: “They [terror groups] do not have the technology to set it off from a distance. If a remote control was used, then it must have been done from close by.”

He again desisted from naming any group, reiterating that the police “want to have accused in custody before naming any group”.

Around 30 people have been questioned in connection with the blast.

When asked if the police were probing the role of terror suspect Imran Jalal alias Bilal, Singh retorted: “If the media knows about him and are asking questions, then so would the police.”

The Bangalore police arrested Imran in 2007 with a satellite phone, an AK-47 rifle, five grenades and 300 rounds of live ammunition. Imran reportedly told the Bangalore police that he had visited Pune several times and transported arms for “someone” there.

According to his statement, Imran also met 26/11 co-conspirator Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi in Pakistan, who told him to attack several places in India.

The Pune police are also trying to reassure foreign students in the city. Senior officers, including Singh, met students at various colleges on Wednesday.

“I addressed at least 18,000 students at three different colleges,” Singh said, adding that they gave students pointers on how to stay alert.

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