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Samad not arrested in Pune blast case: Advocate

By Devaki

Mumbai, Jul 6: Abdul Samad Bhatkal, accused as the mastermind behind Pune blasts held a press conference in Mumbai on Tuesday, Jul 6 alongwith his advocate. samad's lawyer told media that his client was not arrested in Pune blast case. He added that Yasin Bhatkal is not Samad's brother, as reported by them. Samd hails from a village of that name, which caused the misunderstanding, the lawyer said.

Samad's lawyer said that Samad was arrested only in the case of an illegal arms possession and was never arrested or interrogated by the Anti Terror Squad (ATS) in the Pune case.

Samad refused to speak during the press conference. His lawyer praised ATS that Samad had not been falsely implicated in that connection. He added that Samad was in Mangalore on the day of the blast. The bomb blast in the German Bakery in Pune had claimed the lives of 17 people.

Samad was arrested in a 2009 illegal arms seizure case and was released from the Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai on Jul 4.

Samad was picked up by Anti Terror Squad of Maharashtra on May 23 from Mangalore airport. He was returning from Dubai and was arrested with the informations given by Home Ministry. He was charged with supplying of arms to three persons arrested from South Mumbai in Aug 2009.

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