Foreign hand not ruled out in Pune blast
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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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