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Maharashtra ATS team goes to assist Hyderabad blasts probe

Posted on Feb 22, 09:17PM | IANS

Mumbai, Feb 22 : A seven-member team of Maharashtra Police's Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) team has left for Hyderabad to assist the investigators probing Thursday's twin blasts which left 16 dead, an official said.

The team, with its expertise in the Pune German Bakery probe of February 2010, will co-ordinate with the Hyderabad police and the National Investigating Agency, a senior ATS official said here, requesting anonymity.

The blasts took place on the eve of the fist day of the budget session of parliament.

Investigators have also carried out searches in different parts of the state, including Beed, Aurangabad and Nashik, even as the state was in a state of high alert Friday.

Terror group Indian Mujahideen, which organised the Pune 2010 blast, and two years later, the four low-intensity blasts, is believed to have active sleeper cells in certain pockets of the state.