September 20, 2011 2:12:53 am
Two days after the crime branch of Pune police arrested a Pimpri businessman for allegedly possessing explosives and firearms,cops said they are still clueless on the motive. The cops are also in the dark about the source of the explosives.
Police had said that they arrested businessman Gopal Khatri from a spot in front of Hotel Ambience on Kalewadi Road late and seized one kilogram of suspected ammonium nitrate,eight gelatin sticks,three countrymade revolvers,a countrymade pistol and eight live cartridges from his car.
When asked about the progress of the investigation,Rajesh Bansode,deputy commissioner of police (crime branch),said,Our teams are investigating different angles. As of now,we do not have any concrete lead on the motive in bringing the explosives and firearms,or the source. When asked about any terror link or alleged political angle to the story,Bansode said,We cannot comment on anything in that regard.
Meanwhile,Shiv Sena MP Gajanan Babar on Monday met Sanjeev Singhal,joint commissioner of police and demanded a probe by the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in the matter. He told Newline,Unless police reach the source of these explosives and find out the motive,the arrest has no significance. I believe the seizure also has a political angle,which needs to be thoroughly probed. We feel that local police are not competent enough to investigate the matter.
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Khatris brother-in-law Vishal Shevani had alleged on Friday that the arrest was part of a conspiracy against Khatri by some politically powerful persons. He had said that pressure was being put on the family in many ways.
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