Post police diktat,cycle traders plan association

In the view of low intensity blasts on J M Road a week before,cycle traders in the city have plans to form an association.

Written by Express News Service | Published:August 9, 2012 1:42 am

In the view of low intensity blasts on J M Road a week before,cycle traders in the city have plans to form an association. Investigators have reportedly got major clues from the two cycle shops from where the suspects purchased three Hero bicycles a day before the blast.

A cycle trader said there was an association earlier,but it became ineffective for the last few years. Former president of this association,Baba Kulkarni of Kulkarni & Sons,one of the oldest cycle shops in the city,said,“We have discussed about forming the association of cycle traders in the city again. It has been revealed that terrorists purchased new bicycles from cycle shops in the city for planting explosives on J M Road. Apparently,police called a meeting of cycle shop owners to take precautionary measures like installing CCTV cameras and checking ID proof of customers. So,considering the situation,we feel the need of re-forming the association of cycle traders in the city. We have discussed the issue and are hoping to revive the association soon.”

A cycle shop owner said,“Cycle traders are helping investigators to the full extent. At the same time,all cycle shop owners should stay united to face such situations. Police have appealed to all cycle shops to install CCTV cameras. But,it is costly and so,not possible for the small cycle shops. Such issues can be taken up and dealt with properly by association.”

Two suspects,reportedly speaking in Hindi and Gujrati,purchased three bicycles from Budhwar Peth-Kasba Peth area. However,the suspects went to several shops in this area looking for second hand bicycles and failing to get it,they purchased new ones. Investigators have recorded the statements of owners and workers of the cycle shops here.

blasts probe: a week onno official confirmation on terror group involved in the blasts yet. Cops say all angles being probed.

probe confirmed use of improvised explosive devices (IED) with digital timers,pencil cell of 9V battery,detonators.

presence of Ammonium Nitrate and fuel oil confirmed in bombs.

no confirmation on whether bombs were supposed to be low intensity or they failed to cause massive damage due to faulty assembling.

two shops from where the suspects purchased three bicycles used for placing bombs identified. Both shops located near Fadke Haud,Budhwar Peth area.

footage from CCTV cameras installed in shops on J M Road,Deccan,Budhwar Peth,Kasba Peth area being studied for clues.

hindu groups demanded probe into Haji Makkesha Masjid controversy. They claimed blasts were a warning to Hindus opposing construction of the mosque near Sambhaji bridge.

dayanand patil,a tailor from Uruli Kanchan and the only person injured in the blast,being questioned by investigators. No confirmation on whether he is a suspect or only an eyewitness. His house searched. His passport showed he visited Jordan in 2004.

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