Pune blast: ATS submits report, claims perpetrators identified

Maharashtra ATS today submitted its investigation report on the Pune blast to the state government claiming the perpetrators of the bombing that killed 17 people have been identified and their arrest would be made soon.

Last Updated: Apr 07, 2010, 21:04 PM IST

Mumbai: Maharashtra ATS today submitted
its investigation report on the Pune blast to the state
government claiming the perpetrators of the bombing that
killed 17 people have been identified and their arrest would
be made soon.

The report was submitted by newly-appointed ATS chief
Rakesh Maria to the home department and was then forwarded to
the Centre, ATS sources said but refused to disclose the
identity of the suspects.

According to the sources, terror group Indian
Mujahideen (IM) is suspected to be behind the blast and the
suspects would be arrested in a day or two.
State Home Minister R R Patil had told the Legislative
Council yesterday that the investigating agency had identified
the suspects and more details would be disclosed after their
arrest.

"The police department has zeroed in on the accused.
We have identified them and will soon reveal more information
about the case," Patil informed the Legislative Council.

The filing of the report comes a fortnight after Maria
took over as ATS chief replacing K P Raghuvanshi, who received
flak from the Centre for divulging information prematurely to
the media on terror cases.

On February 13, a blast ripped apart German Bakery, a
popular joint for foreigners, near Osho Ashram in Pune killing
17 people and injuring several others.

PTI