The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Tuesday filed charge sheet in the case of August 2012 bomb blasts in Pune in Maharashtra in a local court here.
On August 1, 2012, five co-ordinated low-intensity explosions struck a busy road in the heart of Pune, injuring one person namely Dayanand Patil (34). The explosions occurred on Jangli Maharaj (JM) road, one of the key business areas of Pune at spots near Balgandharva Theatre, opposite to Dena Bank branch, opposite to McDonald food outlet, near Decaan Gymkhana bus stand and near Sambhaji garden. The police also later recovered one live bomb near Axis bank on the road.
The ATS claimed that the blast was conducted to take revenge for the death of Qateel Siddique, an Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative. Qateel was allegedly murdered at Yerwada jail on June 8, 2012. In all 12 persons were charged in the case under the IPC Sections 307 (Attempt to murder) and 123 (Concealing with intent to facilitate design to wage war), various sections of stringent the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).
The charge sheet has named Bhatkal brothers, namely Riyaz and Iqbal. Among the other three wanted accused include, Fayaz Kagzi, Ahmed alias Wakas and Asadulla Akhtar Javed Akhtar alias Tabrez.
The authorities have already arrested eight accused in the case— Assad Khan Jamsad Ali Khan, Imran Khan Wajid Khan Pathan, Firoz alias Hamza Sayyed, Irfan Mustafa Landge, Munib Iqbal Memon, Farooq Bagwan, Sayyed Aarif, Aslam Shabbir Shaikh alias Bunty Jagirdar.
The confessional statements of the accused were not produced in the special MCOCA court on Tuesday and will be submitted on May 9.