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Pune blasts: Cops to visit Patil’s village

india Updated: Aug 04, 2012 02:47 IST
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After 36 hours of questioning Dayanand Patil, the man who was injured when a bomb in his bag blew up during Wednesday’s serial blasts in Pune, police are yet to come to a conclusion regarding his possible involvement. Now a team has been sent to Karnataka to probe his background.

Besides Patil’s family -- wife Satvasheela and two brother-in-laws – his friends Ramzan Shaikh and Altaf Shaikh have been questioned as well.

What skewed the pitch for Patil, a tailor, was a passport recovered from his house in Urali Kanchan that showed he had stayed in Jordan for seven months in 2002.

The police are mum about the cause of the visit, but they said they have found nothing incriminating during the questioning session.

The team sent to Karnataka will also check the background of the Shaikhs, who are from Bijapur. Patil is from Bidar district’s Basavkalyan. The Sheikhs are Patil’s neighbours in Urali Kanchan.

Police suspect the involvement of Indian Mujahideen (IM) in the blasts. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/8/04-08-12-pg-10b.jpg

The IM has a strong network in Pune and the explosives used in the blasts have been used earlier by the group. While Muslim-majority Bijapur and Bidar have not featured on the IM map so far, they are still sensitive areas.