The then senior inspector of Bund garden police station Suhas Nadgouda (49),who was one of the first persons to reach German Bakery after the blast in 2010,told the court on Monday that the fire brigade had not sprayed water in the bakery after the blast.
There was speculation after the blast that since it was initially assumed to be an LPG cylinder explosion,the police had called fire brigade and asked it to spray water at the site to prevent further damage,leading to loss of crucial evidence. The then police commissioner Satypal Singh had held a press conference,rejecting the speculation.
During his cross-examination by defence advocates A Rehman and Kaynat Ali Shaikh,Nadgouda said he was patrolling from SSPMS ground to Hotel Mobas circle on February 13,2010,the day of the blast,around 6.30 pm. At 7 pm,I got to know about the blast. I immediately rushed to the bakery. There was no fire in the bakery. The fire brigade personnel came some time later and did not spray water in the bakery, Nadgouda,who is now senior police inspector (crime branch),told the court.
He added that articles in the bakery were not completely charred,but were scorched by heat.
Special public prosecutor Raja Thakare narrated the scene at the bakery after the blast. He said there was complete chaos and it took more than 60 to 70 policemen to cordon off the area.
After cordoning off the area,I sent the injured persons to various hospitals such as Inlaks and Budhrani,Sassoon General Hospital,Ruby Hall Clinic,Jehangir hospital,Sancheti hospital and Surya hospital, Nadgouda said. He told the court that while he was sending the injured to hospitals,German Bakerys cashier Praveen Pant came to him and started narrating the incident. I asked him to file a complaint. His statement was later recorded, he said.
Nadgouda claimed that he returned to the blast site around 9.30 pm. I formed three teams one to record statements of the injured,second to execute inquest panchnamas of the dead and the third to ensure that no one entered the cordoned off area, he told the court.
Nadgouda said the investigation was transferred to the Anti-Terrorism Squad on February 14,2010. However,even after the transfer,I was part of the investigating team, he said.
On February 18,2010,a team from Forensic Science Laboratory,Hyderabad,and National Security Guard had visited the bakery and collected various articles like burnt pieces of a mobile SIM card,a memory card,parts of a camera,pieces of an alluminium container and other metal pieces etc for analysis. The trial will continue on Tuesday.