The Maharashtra Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) has given a clean chit to Ashok Jain, a jeweller from Zaveri Bazar, whose scooter was parked at Khau Galli on Wednesday when one of the three bombs went off.
Jain was questioned by the ATS on Friday following which he was ruled out as one of the suspect. The police are, however, verifying if the bomb was kept on Jain’s scooter or close to it.
"There were reports of motor scooters used in the blast. I can say that the scooter is not a suspect vehicle," ATS chief Rakesh Maria said.
Jain’s nephew Nitesh Jain (23) said, "My uncle’s Honda Activa was parked in the same lane (Khau Galli), but a few
two-wheelers ahead of the vehicle in which the bomb exploded. Our vehicle was partially damaged and was seized by the police. My uncle was called for questioning and after he produced the documents to prove that the Activa was owned by him, he was allowed to go."
Ashok Jain is a resident of Nagpada. According to Nitesh Jain, the Activa was purchased just over a year ago.
"We did not realise that the insurance of the vehicle had expired around two months ago. However, it does not make much difference as now it has been ascertained that the vehicle belongs to my uncle and we will pay for the repair work," he said, adding that the ATS said the vehicle would be returned to them in five days.