Low-intensity Blast in Pune Injures Three

The explosive was kept on a motorcycle parked outside a police station close to a temple in the crowded Budhwar Peth area

Published: 11th July 2014 07:40 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th July 2014 07:40 AM   |  A+A-

MUMBAI: Three people were injured in a low-intensity blast when an explosive device kept on a motorcycle in the parking lot of a police station in Pune went off on Thursday. The nature of the explosive is not yet known.

Low-intensity-Blast.jpgThe blast occurred outside Pharaskhana police station close to the famous DagduSheth Halwai Ganesh temple in the crowded Budhwar Peth area. The injured also includes a police constable.

The police said the explosive was kept on a motorcycle parked outside the police station. The police had kept the motorcycle there as a stolen property.

Two teams of Mumbai Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) have left for Pune to assist the local police in the   investigation.

Pune Police Commissioner Satish Mathur said his department was investigating whether IED was used in the blast.

“We are also checking whether the area has any CCTV to get some clue. We are also searching for the owner of the damaged bike,” he said.

The Ganesh temple is on the terror outfits’ radar. Arrested Indian Mujahideen terrorist Yasin Bhatkal has admitted that his plan to blow the temple was foiled because of an alert flower vendor.

Earlier, Pune was rocked by four coordinated low-intensity explosions on August 1, 2012.

One person was injured in those blasts. A blast at a famous eating joint German Bakery on February 13, 2010, had killed 17 people and injured 60.

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