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Low-intensity blast in Pune
Pune: A low intensity IED blast took place in Budhwar Peth on Thursday at around 2:05 pm.
The blast left five persons injured, including a policeman and two students.
The blast took place in the vehicle parking zone of the police building housing the Faraskhana and Vishrambaugh police stations. The police have not ruled out the possibility of involvement of terror group in the incident.
The explosive was planted on a motorcycle parked about 20 metres from the main entrance.
The blast also damaged four other two-wheelers. The blast created panic in the congested area of the city and the fearful shopkeepers immediately rolled down their shutters. The police cordoned off the entire area.
Commissioner of Police Satish Mathur, who rushed to the spot, told reporters that the blast was of low intensity.
“The police have recovered ball bearings and iron nails from the spot. We suspect these materials were kept inside the device,” he added.
The police are finding out how the blast was triggered. There were ball bearings, splinters, screws and nails in it.
The police have lodged a case against unidentified suspects under various sections of Indian Penal Code, 1860.
According to Mathur, forensic experts have collected samples from the spot to ascertain what kind of ingredients were used in the blast. Interestingly, the Dagdusheth Halwai Ganesh Temple is also located near the blast site.
This temple was allegedly made a target by a suspected Indian Mujahideen operative Qateel Siddiqui in 2010.
Mathur said that the bike used for the blast was stolen from Satara.
Police sources said that the stolen vehicle belonged to a policeman. Soon after the explosion, senior police officers and teams from the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS), State Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), State Intelligence Department (SID), Intelligence Bureau (IB), the National Investigation Agency (NIA),
Fire Brigade as well as the local Army unit swooped down on the area.
The police constable, Gulab Kachru Khedkar, who was injured in the incident, said that he was shocked and did not know when the blast took place.
“I was parking my two-wheeler when the blast took place,” he added.
Sushant and Akshay, students of Eklavya Polytechnic College who were injured in the blast had come to buy books.
The students were rushed to the Sassoon hospital and released after treatment.
The injured include Jaswant Mataprasad Singh (17), Manisha Dattatreya Jadhav (40), constable Gulab Kachru Khedkar, Sushant Ashok Salunkhe (18) and Akhsay Nandu Shinde (18).
Local shop owners claimed that parking is a major problem on that road. The road is always crowded by students, devotees and police men.
BDDS OFFICIAL SAYS
A senior BDDS official said that it was an explosive, weighing around 300 gm covered with tin sheets and there was a battery and electrical circuit inside it.
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