9 killed, scores injured in bakery blast at Pune:
Nine people were killed and upto 50,
including five to six foreigners, injured in a bomb explosion that
ripped apart a popular bakery near a Jewish prayer house .....Read
Describing the Pune blast, in which nine persons, including three
foreigners were killed and over 50 injured on Friday, as an
‘insidious’ attack, Union Home Minister P.Chidambaram has ruled out
Chidambaram, who rushed to Pune this morning, said the center had
prior information regarding the blast, adding that it is hard to
stop attacks of such ‘insidious’ nature.
Addressing a joint press conference with Maharashtra Chief Minister
Ashok Chavan after meeting the injured persons at the Sasoon
hospital here, Chidambaram said the agencies had information
regarding ‘Chabad’ house being on terror radar.
knew that the Osho Ashram was also radar. It is an unfortunate
incident, an attack on a soft target,” Chidambaram said.
“Koregaon Park has been on the radar for some time. Many soft
targets need to be monitored,” he added.
Giving details about the blast, the Home Minister said that it seems
one or more people posed as customers and left the backpack filled
with explosives quietly under table.
Chidambaram also said that a team of the newly established National
Investigating Agency (NIA) is coming in from New Delhi to assist the
Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) in its probe.
Speaking on the NIA team’s role, he said: “There is no confusion
about this; ATS is investigating the case. I wanted the NIA to come
so that they can have first hand exposure to a terrorist crime as
soon as it’s committed. They will only study the matter and assist
the ATS but investigation is being done only by the ATS.”
“Best police officers have been put on the job and the Maharashtra
Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) have taken over case,” he added.
also urged the media to avoid speculation, saying it would cause
asked about the nature of the blast, Chidambaram said the concerned
agencies are investigating the issue and informations would be
shared with the media at a suitable time.
“Only when forensic reports come we will share it with you,” he
Meanwhile, Chavan has announced an ex-gratia compensation of five
lakh rupees to the families of those dead in the blast.
the medical expenditure of injured people would be taken care of by
the Maharashtra government, he added.
Secretary G K Pillai, however, has said there is no information on
foreigners being killed in the German Bakery blast.
Pillai said out of the nine dead, three bodies have been identified
but there is no information of any foreign national being killed.
said four Iranians, two Nepalese, one German and one Sudanese have
been injured in the blast. (ANI)