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Pune blasts: Police investigate leads, injured tailor not a suspect

Pune Police investigating a series of blasts across the city last night have reportedly said that a tailor who was injured in the blasts is not a suspect.

Dayanand Patil had sustained minor injuries in one of the blasts and was taken to Sassoon Hospital, where he was questioned.

NDTV reported that Patil had told police that he had stopped at the site of a Team Anna protest near the Balgandharva auditorium, where the first blast happened. He has reportedly said that he kept his bag on the ground and when he picked it up again, it felt heavy. He looked inside and the explosion happened. The explosive had been concealed in a plastic cake box.

All the explosives had been placed in cake boxes and placed within a kilometer of each other. Two other bombs were defused.

Police and bomb detection and disposal squad (BDDS) at a blast site in Pune on Wednesday evening. PTI

Meanwhile Home Secretary RK Singh said that police were investigating three such devices that had been placed around the city, but did not explode. He added that they had three possible leads into the incident, but refused to reveal further details of investigations.

Unconfirmed reports said ammonium nitrate could have been the substance used in the blast, that was triggered by small detonators and pencil cells.

Life in the city returned to normal late at night as the blasts did not cause any large scale damage. Police have appealed to people to ignore rumours and carry on their daily routines without fear.

A police officer at the site, requesting anonymity said, "The intensity of the blast was so low that it did not even pierce the dustbin in which the explosive was kept. The basket on the bicycles had a minor aberration. The bicycles did not even fall to the ground."

Pune police suspects the role of at least three persons in planting the bombs outside McDonald's restaurant, Bal Gandharva theatre, Dena Bank and City shoes shop.