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`Bhatkal at German bakery 15 days before blast`

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 17:59

Mumbai: Abdul Samad Bhatkal, prime suspect
in the February 13 Pune German Bakery blast who was recently
arrested from Mangalore, was seen near the eatery a fortnight
before the explosion, a senior ATS official said Tuesday.

"Abdul was seen in the area (Koregaon Park) where the
bakery is located following which a hunt had been launched for
him. Our probe suggests, he visited Pune a fortnight before
the explosion," the official said on condition of anonymity.

"In fact, he was seen twice near the bakery in the last
week of January...," the official said.

Abdul, a close aide of alleged key conspirator in the
German bakery blast Yasin Bhatkal, was arrested from Mangalore
and brought here yesterday in connection with a 2009 arms
seizure case.

In August 2009, three persons were arrested from south
Mumbai for possession of illegal firearms allegedly supplied
by Abdul, who was today remanded in police custody till June 1
by a local court in the case.

Earlier in the day, Home Minister P Chidambaram said
Abdul was the prime suspect in the German Bakery blast, which
claimed 17 lives.


First Published: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 17:59
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