Pune blasts: Patil's home searched, kin questioned

The member of the diffusion squad attempts to diffuse a bomb at Balgandharwa, JM Road in Pune. HT

Investigators carried out searches at the home of Dayanand Patil, the sole injured in the Pune blasts, in Uruli Kanchan area on Friday and confiscated a passport that has a record of his visit to Jordan in 2002, and other documents.

However, after interrogating Patil, wife Satvasheela, brothers-in-laws Umesh and Ramesh Wadekar (both residents of Dehu Road), friend Ramzan Shaikh, and his brother-in-law Altaf for nearly 36 hours, investigators said they did not find anything suspicious connecting him to the low-intensity blasts.

During questioning, Ramzan told the investigators the he and Patil were from Karnataka and stayed at Urali Kanchan. He said they would travel together to work and back.

However, a police team has already left for Karnataka and will visit Patil’s hometown, Basavakalyan, and Ramzan’s home in Vijapur, an official said. The police will check their background for any leads. Patil, who works as a tailor, is currently undergoing treatment after a bomb exploded in the bag he was carrying on Wednesday.

The police are also probing whether any local was involved in the blasts. The involvement of youngsters from other parts of Maharashtra is also being investigated.

One more cycle shop owner is being questioned by the Pune police after he confirmed that the ladies’ cycle used in the blast was bought from his shop on Ganesh Road in Kasba Peth, a traditional market for cycles.

Police have already identified a cycle shop in the area where the two mens’ cycles were purchased a day before the blasts The owner reportedly told the police that the customers paid in cash and insisted on getting baskets attached to the handlebars.

Pune police have not yet released the sketches of two suspects, which were drawn based on information given by the first cycle shop owner. They suspect that another group, including a woman, might have gone to the second shop.

The two men, who purchased two cycles, spoke in Gujarati as well as Hindi. ATS teams from Gujarat and Karnataka have arrived in Pune to check whether their respective states had any connection with the blasts.

Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde is expected to arrive in Pune on Saturday to visit blast sites.


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