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Home minister Shinde to visit Pune blast sites today

 Mumbai: Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde would visit the blast sites in Pune today and review the security situation in the city.

Four low-intensity explosions took place on the busy Jangli Maharaj Road area in Pune on August 1.  Shinde, who took charge as the Home Minister on the same day, was supposed to visit the city that evening, but the trip was cancelled.

"Shinde will visit the sites where the four blasts took place," Maharashtra Minister of State (Home), Satej Patil, said.

Sushil Kumar Shinde

Shinde would also review the security situation by holding a meeting with the top officers.

While saying that terror angle could not be ruled out, Patil said, however, that "the motive behind explosions was not to kill people" but to create fear.

Apart from the four bombs that exploded, two were defused. The Anti-Terror Squad in Maharashtra believes five or six people were involved in the conspiracy, and two or three people planted the bombs.

Intelligence officials suspect banned terror group Indian Mujahideen played a role in the blasts. The group was headquartered in Pune.

Agencies