Pune: After the blasts, the Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS), crime branch and the local police are working on various theories training their guns to Naxal links, the Indian Mujahiddin connection and a surprising hint at a possible fall out of the Hadapsar riots that led to murder of a Muslim IT manager.
Out of these three theories, cops say the strongest possibility is of the Naxal connection. The reason though may sound incredulous, but many police officials defend the theory citing the case of a police constable who was once was posted in Gadchiroli. The constable is was allegedly involved in a police encounter of 48 Naxalites in his tenure and was on the hit list of Naxals, due to which he was transferred to Pune city police and even accorded Special Protection Group (SPG) security. Barely a few minutes before the explosives went off, the constable had parked his vehicle in the same parking lot and left to seek darshan of Dagadusheth temple. After he left the parking lot, within a few minutes, the blasts took place. Police officials said that even the bomb was made in a very crude manner and the handiwork of terrorist outfits is more ‘professional’.
The other theory being probed is the Indian Mujahiddin angle knowing that in the past, they have tried to plant explosives at Dagdusheth temple with the help of Qateel Siddiqui on the same day of German bakery blast. Despite the fact that many arrests have taken place, the module is far from over. The least likely theory is avenging of the Hadapsar riots and if there was any fall out of it.
City's naxal link
The city has emerged as the hotbed of Naxal activities and among whom some of them were from Kabir Kala Manch, were arrested for their alleged activities. Few days back, the Special Inspector General of Police (Nagpur Range) Ravindra Kadam claimed that a number of trained members from Gadchiroli district are working undercover in cities like Mumbai, Nashik and Pune. "They are working to spread Maoist ideology. They are operating covertly in an organised manner," added Kadam.
In April 2011, Angela Sontakke and Sushma Ramteke were arrested by ATS for their alleged activities in the region. There were several other activists who were also arrested for possessing Maoist literature and spreading the Maoist ideologies.