The Pune police were tight-lipped on any progress in the German Bakery case investigation and all Commissioner Satyapal Singh on Monday would say was that was the probe was “on the right track.”

It was learnt unofficially that about 2 kg of RDX was used in the blast that killed nine people. The police said the forensics report that would confirm the material used in the blast was expected on Monday. However, that did not happen. It should come by Tuesday, said Mr. Singh.

It is learnt that the CCTV footage from the hotel opposite the bakery was being examined by the police and shown to eyewitnesses. No other details were confirmed by the authorities. Mr Singh divulged little during his briefing with the media at his office. He said, “Since I am saying it’s on the right track, there must be something [on the basis of which I’m saying so].”

While the police on Sunday denied that the bakery had a CCTV, television channels on Monday reported that the cash counter did have one and the footage was handed over to the police. This could not be corroborated by the police. Mr. Singh said “many people” were interrogated. “The number of people interrogated is immaterial,” he said.

He refrained from mentioning any terror group that may have caused the blast. Instead, he said it was more important to find out the people behind the attack than the terror outfit. “Once we have the people, it will automatically lead us to the group.”

Mr. Singh refused to comment on Union Home secretary G.K. Pillai’s remark that there was a Pakistani hand in the blast. All angles in the case and all clues were being investigated, he said.

Asked if the police had obtained the footage of the CCTV camera at the O Hotel opposite to the German Bakery, he said, “If there is such footage, it should be available [with us].”

Mr. Singh came under attack from the media for not allowing it to interact with the injured, while politicians were allowed to visit not just the patients recuperating in various hospitals but also the crime site.

“In a democracy, political leaders have to meet the injured and assure them that their medical expenses would be taken care of and so on,” he said.


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