More than a month-and-a-half after the bomb blast at the German Bakery in Pune hat killed 17, the Ministry of Home Affairs gave the first direct indication that the terror outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM) was the main suspect.
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday said the Centre had frozen 14 bank accounts of alleged IM member Moshin Chowdhary (35) who, according to investigators, is a blast suspect.
The accounts have been frozen under Section 51(A) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, which enables the Centre to freeze accounts of individuals or groups.
Moshin, a Pune resident and key IM recruiter on the run for more than two years, held the accounts in The Ratnakar Bank’s Nana Peth branch, Pune.
Investigators suspect he used them to fund terror acts and recruited those who planted the bomb.
Moshin is the brother of IM member Akbar Chowdhary, arrested in 2008 along with 15 others by Mumbai police’s crime branch. The group, including Moshin, is accused of setting off blasts in Delhi, Jaipur and Ahmedabad. He escaped after the police busted IM’s Pune hideouts and is the only one from the module who is still absconding.