The Maharashtra government is not ruling out the involvement of Hindu fundamentalist outfits in the February 13 German Bakery blast, which has killed 15 people.
There has been no significant breakthrough in the case, which is being investigated by the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS).
Senior government officials, requesting anonymity, said they have not ruled out the possibility that a right-wing group like Pune-based Abhinav Bharat, allegedly behind the 2008 Malegaon blasts, may be involved in the blast.
“The Abhinav Bharat is a fully active group and Pune is the main operations centre for them. They are certainly on our radar, along with many other people from other groups whom we are interrogating,” the senior official from the home department said on Monday.
Chandra Iyengar, secretary, home department, refused to comment. “Our investigation is progressing and we are yet to come to any conclusion,” Iyengar said.
Reacting to speculations that owing to the ATS’ poor progress, the National Investigation Agency will take over the case, Iyengar said: “Only the ATS is in charge. There is no suggestion or indication that the case is being transferred to the NIA.”