Pune blast probe went wrong, admits police chief

Written by: Samyuktha
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Pune, Jun 16: After a court was forced to grant bail to the German Bakery blast suspect, Abdul Samad, on grounds of lack of evidence, the Maharashtra Director General of Police D Sivanandan admitted to lapses in the investigation but insisted that the investigative agency should not be pressurised.

“The ATS has to study the Pune blast case scientifically and collect evidence to identify the group behind the attack", Sivananda said on Tuesday, Jun 14 night on the sidelines of a function inaugurating an induction course for the state CID officers.

“The first mistake was the blast and second wrong investigation. What we need is right investigation at right time," he added.

Even though he admitted that four months have gone by since the blast rocked Pune on Feb 13, the police chief was of the opinion that the investigating agency should not be put under pressure.

The statements from the police chief came in the backdrop of the Additional Sessions Judge SL Pathan granting bail to Samad.

Claiming to have made a breakthrough in the Pune blast case, the ATS arrested Samad on May 25 at Mangalore airport after he returned from Dubai and charged him for supplying arms to three persons arrested from South Mumbai in Aug 2009.

While granting bail, the Mumbai court observed that there was no evidence against Samad and that ATS had never dubbed him 'wanted accused' in the 2009 arms seizure case.

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