Ex-PA of Cong MLC questioned in Pune blast case?
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Last Updated: Saturday, March 06, 2010, 19:00
Thane: The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Saturday said it has neither questioned nor detained a former personal assistant of a Congress MLC in connection with the German Bakery blast even as the aide claimed he was taken to Pune and his statement recorded.

MLC Sanjay Dutt's former PA Arif Pathan is a member of the transport committee of Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation and was taken to Bazarpeth Police Station in Kalyan on Wednesday for questioning and let off on Friday.

"On Wednesday, I was taken to Bazarpeth police station where I was questioned in related to some case. I was also taken to Pune where my statement was recorded. Later they found that I was not involved and let me off," 51-year-old Pathan, a resident of Kalyan in neighbouring Thane district, told agency.

Asked if he was questioned in the Pune blast case, he refused to specify saying the police would give an appropriate answer for this.

Pathan said he used to work as personal assistant of Dutt and left that job last December.

In his raection, ATS chief K P Raghuvanshi, probing the Pune blast, said Pathan was not picked up, questioned or detained in connection with the February 13 bombing that ripped through the German Bakery, killing 17 people including foreigners.

Pathan owns a family transport business in Kalyan and his vehicles are used to transport livestock to Nashik, Ahmednagar, Pune and other cities.


First Published: Saturday, March 06, 2010, 19:00

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