Are Pune blasts prelude to bigger terror attack?

Last Updated: Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 11:25

Zeenews Bureau

Pune: The four low-intensity explosions that rocked Pune`s busy Junglee Maharaj Road on Wednesday night may be a trial run for another major terror strike, a report said on Thursday.

According to sources, investigators believe that though yesterday’s Pune blasts did not cause any large scale damage, yet they could prove to be prelude to another heavy strike.

In the meantime, Maharashtra`s Home Secretary RK Singh said the blasts appeared to be a coordinated act, adding, “Terror angle cannot be ruled out.”
As investigators are trying to ascertain the source of the explosives used in the attack, Singh said forensic experts were examining the two unexploded IEDs and nature of the four blasts.

A news channel suggested that the operation is reportedly masterminded by a terror group, not a sleeper cell.

Earlier today, Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil said investigating agencies were probing all angles to determine whether any terror outfit was behind the low intensity serial bomb blasts that rocked Pune last night.

"Whether it was a terrorist act or not will be determined only after proper investigations are carried out by Maharashtra ATS, city crime branch and central agencies," Patil told reporters after visiting the four blast sites on JM Road here.

Four coordinated low-intensity explosions struck the busy arterial JM road in the heart of Pune last night. The explosions occurred at Jangli Maharaj(JM) road at spots near Balgandharva Theatre, Dena Bank branch, a McDonald food outlet and Garware Bridge.

Asked whether there could be a "saffron terror" angle to the incident, he said, "All angles are being probed and it will not be proper to comment at this stage."
He said the person injured in one of the blasts-- near Bal Gandharva theatre -- was being treated for minor injuries.
The injured person-- Dayanand Patil, who hails from a nearby village of Uruli Kanchan, had reportedly visited the spot opposite the Balgandharva Theatre, where a `dharna` agitation by India Against Corruption (IAC) was in progress.

After he left the place, the explosive, which had apparently been put in his carry bag, exploded on the way, police sources said.

Unconfirmed reports said ammonium nitrate could have been the substance used in the blast triggered by small detonators and pencil cells.

(With PTI inputs)



First Published: Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 10:31

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