Have taken Pune blasts very seriously: Shinde

Last Updated: Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 14:18

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi/Pune: Newly-appointed Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Thursday said that a National Investigation Agency (NIA) team is in Pune to investigate four co-ordinated low-intensity explosions that struck the city last night.

The serial explosions on the crowded Junglee Maharaj road had left one person injured.

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.

Speaking to reporters, Shinde said it was not right for him to say anything on the matter right now as an investigation was underway.

“We will investigate and then say anything,” he said.

Shinde, who took over as the Home Minister from P Chidambaram yesterday only, said he would not be going to Pune.

The Pune blasts took place within 12 hours of him assuming charge.

Notably, Shinde was scheduled to be in Pune last night to attend a function at Tilak Memorial; but he called off his plans after the explosions.

He also convened a high-level meeting today to assess the security situation in the country.

The meeting was attended by Home Secretary RK Singh and senior officials from intelligence agencies like RAW and IB.



First Published: Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 13:54

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