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‘Vital clues from CCTV cameras’

Siddhesh Inamdar

PUNE: Pune Commissioner of Police Satyapal Singh said on Tuesday that he could “neither confirm nor deny” media reports of the police having detained two persons in connection with the German Bakery blast.

According to the reports, the police picked up two people from the Janwadi and Kudalwadi areas on Tuesday morning.

They were said to have links with the Indian Mujahideen. Two more persons were reportedly detained in Aurangabad.

Mr. Singh confirmed that there was a CCTV camera at the billing counter of the bakery. Police had obtained its footage and that of the CCTV camera in the opposite hotel. “The footage obtained from both the CCTV cameras has provided us vital clues.”

The much-awaited report of the forensics science laboratory was made available to the police on Monday night.

“According to the report, RDX, ammonium nitrate and petroleum hydrocarbon oil were used to cause the blast,” Mr. Singh said. Forensics experts were still trying to ascertain the quantity of the explosive used, and whether ball bearings, nuts and bolts were packed to cause greater injury to the victims.

He said it was not yet clear whether the blast was remote-controlled or a timer was used. That too was being ascertained by experts.

With Abhishek Ravi Saxena, 24, of Lucknow dying of injuries on Tuesday, the death toll went up to 10, Mr. Singh said. Saxena, who passed out of the D.Y. Patil College of Engineering here last year, was working with the Automotive Research Association of India here.

The total number of the injured is 60.

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