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CCTV offers vital clues on Pune blast

7 years ago | IBNS | 15-02-2010

Pune, Feb 15 : Two men with suspicious behaviour were spotted in a CCTV footage of a hotel across the Pune bakery where a blast killed nine and left over 60 injured on Saturday night.

Captured by the star hotel opposite the ill-fated German Bakery food joint, the footage shows two suspects, one carrying a bag and the other speaking on a mobile phone.

The CCTV images are considered vital clues in tracking the perpetrators of the act, according to investigators.

Maharashtra's Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) is examining the footage along with the NIA and other agencies.

Maharashtra ATS Chief KP Raghuvanshi is heading the blast investigation.

Indian Mujahideen (IM), a terror outfit blamed for a series of explosions in 2008, is a prime suspect for the Pune blast while Union Home Minister P Chidambaram said Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist David Headley, facing trial in USA, could be behind the attack since he surveyed the area for some hard targets in 2009.

Headley had visited the area in March 2009 for a recce and since then the neighbourhood with hard targets like Osho Ashram and Chabad House of the Jewish community was under radar.

Meanwhile, the involvement of Pakistan-based Jamaat-ul- Dawah(JUD) is suspected in the attack. Source said the attack could a collaboration of the JuD and IM.

The Pune blast follows warnings of attacks by JuD, a front organization of Lashkar-e-Taiba(LeT).