Pune blasts `a planned act`; cops register FIR
Pune: A day after low-intensity explosions rocked Pune on Wednesday night, the police on Thursday registered an FIR in the case against unknown.
Police have registered an offence against “unknown persons” under Sections 307 (attempt to murder), 427 (mischief causing damage), 120 B (criminal conspiracy) and relevant sections of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and Explosive Substances Act.
The Pune crime branch will investigate the attacks.
Also, the man who got injured in one of the blasts, who was thought to be the main suspect, has been given a clean chit by the police, reports claimed.
A local tailor, Dayanand Patil, was injured in the blast at Balgandharva Theatre. He is a local and had accidentally picked up the bag out of curiosity, opened it and got injured. He was discharged from Sasoon Hospital today morning but was taken into custody by the Pune Crime Branch for further questioning. Patil’s wife has also been called to the police station in connection with the probe.
In the meantime, the Centre today described the attacks in the Maharashtra’s cultural capital as a planned and coordinated act.
Union Home Secretary RK Singh said forensic experts were examining the two unexploded IEDs and nature of the four blasts.
"Since the blasts have taken place within an area of 500 metres and within a span of 45 minutes, it appears to be a coordinated act. I am sure there was a plan behind it," he told reporters here.
Singh said teams of National Investigation Agency, National Security Guards and Central Forensic Science Laboratory reached Pune early this morning and were examining the explosives.
"They have examined two IEDs which had not exploded. There are three detonators in each and other peculiarity. Investigation is on. We are making progress," he said.
Newly-appointed Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, meanwhile, said that a National Investigation Agency team is in Pune to investigate Pune blasts.
Shinde, who has a huge task at hand as the blast occurred on the day he took over as India’s home minister, said that the officials and investigators have taken Pune blasts very seriously.
He, however, added that the blasts were not a terror attack.
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