The low intensity blast carried out at Faraskhana police station on Thursday left five persons with minor wounds, but the meticulous planning went into the execution of the explosion indicated a daring approach even baffling the investigators who confirm that it was “part of terrorist attack”.
The probe agency Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) after taking over the probe on Friday issued a brief and succinct press note in which it said, “prima facie the blast seems to be a part of terrorist attack.” To expedite the investigation, the ATS has formed 10 teams police officials from various districts are coordinating with the agency, said the note.
Five persons were injured while several bikes damaged when the explosion was triggered using an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that was placed on the luggage carrier of the stolen motorcycle parked at the entrance of the police station.
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Police commissioner Satish Mathur had said that unidentified persons parked the stolen bike on the approach road of the police station with IED placed inside it. Barely 20 meters away from the police station is the famous Dagadusheth temple, which has been on the terror radar ever since Indian Mujahiddin operative Qateel Siddiqui making an unsuccessful attempt to blow it up in 2010.
While connecting the dots ATS discovered that Hero Splendor on which IED was placed was stolen from Satara, a neighboring district. The bike belonged to police constable Dadasaheb Rajge and was stolen on June 25 from Satara district court. Rajge had even filed a police complaint of his stolen bike at a local police station on June 28.
The perpetrators behind the blast, according to ATS officials, probably wanted to gave a message to the police as they stole policeman’s bike to plant a bomb outside a police station.
“We are scanning all the CCTV footages collected from the vicinity of Faraskhana police station since June 25, the day when bike used in the blast went missing,” said ATS source. The ATS also collected footages from the two CCTV cameras installed at the entrance of the police station and another one at the building opposite the read. However sources maintained that the visuals are hazy and needed image enhancement in the laboratory.
The ATS officials said statements of the witnesses including those injured in the attack were being registered while the evidence collected from the blast site was sent for forensic analysis. Preliminary reports indicated that bomber used ammonium nitrate along with nails and ball bearings meant to cause damage.
The scene outside Faraskhana police station, Pune (HT Photo)
Meanwhile the ATS registered a case against unidentified persons under various sections of Indian Penal Code, Arms Act and Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.