Wednesday’s blasts in Pune may be of low intensity but the Union government is taking it “very seriously” and probing all angles to unearth the plot behind the “coordinated act” of terror.
“We have taken it very seriously… a joint team of the National Investigation Agency [NIA] and the National Security Guard [NSG] is assisting the Maharashtra police in the investigation,” Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde told journalists here on Thursday after a security review meeting.
Mr. Shinde said he had no immediate plans to visit Pune. They were yet to ascertain the nature of the blasts and intentions behind it. “I cannot say what sort of attack it was.”
Planned act: R.K. Singh
However, Union Home Secretary R.K. Singh said the near-simultaneous blasts seem to be a planned and coordinated act. Forensic experts were examining the two unexploded IEDs. “Since the blasts took place within an area of 500 metres and a span of 45 minutes, it appears to be a coordinated act … I am sure there was a plan behind it.”
Central Forensic Science Laboratory officials are also in Pune studying the explosives. “There are three detonators in each and other peculiarity. Investigation is on … we are making progress,” Mr. Singh said.