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Shinde caught in a bind over Pune blast

Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde refused to order further probe into the involvement of Yasin Bhatkal aide Qateel Siddique alias Sajan, in Pune German Bakery blast in 2010.

Published: 08th September 2013 10:39 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th September 2013 10:39 AM   |  A+A-

Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde refused to order further probe into the involvement of Yasin Bhatkal aide Qateel Siddique alias Sajan, in Pune German Bakery blast in 2010.

Although, Delhi and Bangalore police had interrogated and recorded Qateel’s statement in connection with the terror blast in 2011, Maharashtra ATS chargesheeted alleged Indian Mujahideen operative Mirza Himayat Baig after the probe.

“The Express” first broke the story on Yasin Bhatkal interrogation on German Bakery blast and Qateel’s involvement on August 31.

Although, the Home Minister on Saturday ruled out ordering a probe to find out the truth over the issues, Delhi Police’s Special Cell interrogation report cast a shadow over the probe.

Special Cell and Bangalore Police in their interrogation reports of Qateel Siddique had mentioned Yasin Bhatkal had tasked him to carry out the blast at the Dagdu Seth temple. Qateel was handed over a bag with explosives to trigger the blast near a flower shop.

However, Qateel had to abort the plan after the flower shop owner refused to keep his bag. Siddique was later killed by a prison inmate in Pune’s Yerwada jail in 2012.

Presenting the monthly report card of his ministry, Shinde told reporters that at this stage, nothing can be done. “It is preliminary investigation. Unless the whole investigation is done, at this stage we cannot come to any conclusion,” Shinde said.

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