Foreign hand not ruled out in Pune blast

Last Updated: Monday, February 15, 2010 - 21:20

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Not ruling out any foreign hand in the Pune blasts that killed 9 on Saturday, Union Home Secretary GK Pillai said he was waiting for the investigation report which was in its initial stages.

He told a TV channel that terror activities against India were planned in Pakistan but he would not jump the gun in this attack till there was some critical evidence.

“Everything is a conjecture at this time,” he added, saying most militant groups were seen to be changing tactics and India will have to outguess them.

He also revealed that Indian Mujahideen could have been instigated by the LeT or JuD in Karachi as some arrested operatives had said they were shown videos made by David C Headley, wanted by India in 26/11 terror attacks and under American custody, including clips of the Osho Ashram in Pune.

He said this was a part of the notorious Karachi project which was aimed at attacking India.

The blast on Saturday took place in a German bakery near the Ashram. On the security in major sporting events scheduled for this year in India, he said the government would ensure a safe Hockey World Cup and Commonwealth Games.

”There is no specific threat for these events yet,” he added.

CCS discusses blast

The Cabinet Committee on Security
today took stock of the situation arising out of the Pune bomb
blast and is understood to have discussed issues related to
the upcoming Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan.

The meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, was attended by Home Minister P Chidambaram, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and Defence Minister A K Antony.

National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon, Foreign
Secretary Nirupama Rao and Union Home Secretary G K Pillai
were also present during the hour-long meeting.

The meeting discussed the Pune blast and progress in
investigations into the incident which took place ahead of the
Indo-Pak Foreign Secretary-level talks on February 25.

Emerging from the meeting, Chidambaram said, "I briefed
the CCS on Pune blasts."

He refused to comment when asked whether the Indo-Pak
talks would be held as per schedule.

Rs one crore reward for blast info?

The Centre is mulling a reward of Rs one crore to anyone who gives clues about terrorists who
may have planted the bomb in the German Bakery, a favourite
eating joint of foreigners.

Top Home Ministry officials said the reward proposal is
being considered at the highest level and may take a decision
in favour of it soon.

"If we declare the reward, we will tell the people that
whoever shares any information about the perpetrators of the
blast, his or her identity would be protected. We would not
even ask his name but give the reward. But information has to
be correct," an official said.

The move is being considered in the light of
investigators still groping for vital clues about the
terrorists behind the powerful blasts.

-PTI inputs



First Published: Monday, February 15, 2010 - 21:20

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