J&K man claiming role in Pune blast wanted to put his creditors in trouble, say cops

Goglu is currently in jail for allegedly approaching the Special Branch (SB) of the Mumbai Police.

Written by Srinath Raghvendra Rao | Mumbai | Published:August 7, 2014 2:22 am

Interrogation of Bashir Ahmad Goglu, who was arrested last month for trying to mislead the police by claiming responsibility for the July 10 Pune blast, has revealed that he hoped to kill two birds with one stone, the police claimed Wednesday. Officers said that the people that he named as his accomplices in the blast were the one that he owed money to, back home in Srinagar.

Goglu, 25, a shawl seller from Srinagar, is currently in jail for allegedly approaching the Special Branch (SB) of the Mumbai Police on July 17, and telling Additional Commissioner of Police Chhagan Wakade that he had perpetrated the blast and also named his four to five men as his accomplices. He has been charged with making mischievous statements and criminal intimidation.

“Goglu had taken several loans that was unable to repay. When he approached the SB, he named his creditors as his fellow perpetrators. He was hoping to get them into trouble and  thought that the police would pay him for the information,” said Krishna Prakash, Additional Commissioner of Police, South region.

A team of officers from the Azad Maidan police station has left for Srinagar check on all the individuals named by Goglu and verify the claims made by him.

The police said that that Goglu, who claimed to be a former militant, had amassed loans of Rs. 1.2 lakh and was struggling to pay a rent of Rs. 2500 for a home in Srinagar’s Hamzah Colony, while supporting a family of four. He has told interrogators that he saw jail as the only option to a livelihood crippled by frequent and unforeseen strikes in Srinagar.

His information was found to be false after interrogation as he was unable to provide specific details about the blast that a planter would have known, the police said.

The Azad Maidan police station will submit its charge-sheet this month, after completing their probe in the case. “We will not be adding any more charges. Once our team returns from Srinagar, we will submit the charge-sheet,” said Bharat Worlikar, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Azad Maidan Division. He added that the police will also not ask his judicial custody to be extended when it ends on August 11.

Five people were injured on July 10, after a low intensity explosive placed on a motorcycle at the parking lot of  Faraskhana police station  went off.

srinath.rao@expressindia.com

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