NIA visits Patil’s home,school in Bidar

A team from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) Wednesday visited the home and school in Bidar of Dayanand Patil,the 33-year-old man in whose hands one of the bombs on Jangli Maharaj Road exploded last week

Written by Chandan Haygunde | Pune | Published:August 9, 2012 1:53 am

A team from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) Wednesday visited the home and school in Bidar of Dayanand Patil,the 33-year-old man in whose hands one of the bombs on Jangli Maharaj Road exploded last week.

Investigators reportedly asked questions on whether Patil had converted to Islam,checked records in his school,and spoke with his mother. Patil,who was slightly injured in the blast,remains in custody in Pune.

Patil’s family reportedly told NIA officer Ashish Singh that he had not changed his religion. The family members said he had no friends who could have influenced him to convert to Islam. They also told the officer that they had had to borrow money to send him to Jordan for work in 2003-04.

Interrogators continued to decline to specify whether they were looking at Patil as a suspect,witness,or victim in the bombings. They said Patil,despite having been discharged from Sassoon Hospital on Monday,was not free to go home. The Anti Terrorism Squad declined to say where exactly he is being held. Investigators were learnt to be examining details of his mobile phone calls and bank transactions.

Patil’s wife Satyakala said she was not aware of her husband’s whereabouts. “I have fallen ill…. I haven’t seen my husband for days. I don’t know how he is,” she said. (With Atikh Rashid)

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