Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram confirmed that 23-year-old Abdul Samad, arrested by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in Mangalore on Monday, was the “prime suspect in the Pune blast case”.
“ATS Maharashtra, along with Pune Police, were able to identify the prime suspect in the German Bakery blast,” Chidambaram’s statement said.
The ATS held Samad for his alleged involvement in the February 13 German Bakery blast that killed 17 people. The Pune police have alleged Samad planted the improvised explosive device at the bakery. Investigations revealed Samad entered the bakery with two bags but left with only one. ATS sources said Samad has denied his involvement in the blast.
The ATS has arrested Samad for allegedly illegally supplying arms to the Dawood Ibrahim gang, but he will now face more serious charges. Delhi Police will also probe Samad’s links in terror incidents in the Capital.