Delhi Police clean chit to Patil
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Putting to rest speculation over the involvement of Dayanand Patil (38), who worked as a tailor in the city, in the serial blasts on Jangli Maharaj Road, the Delhi Police on Tuesday made it clear that he had no role to play in the incidents that rocked Pune on August 1 this year.
"During our investigation, we have not found any involvement of Dayanand Patil in the J M Road blasts," S N Srivastva, Special Commissioner of Police (Special Cell), Delhi told The Indian Express.
Srivastva's reaction comes in the wake of a Delhi Police team's visit to Pune after the arrest of Feroze Sayyed, a resident of Shurkrawar Peth, who they claimed assembled the explosives for the blasts, along with at least two other Indian Mujahideen operatives.
"Patil's name has not cropped up during our investigation. The suspects have not mentioned his name, neither have we found anything against him," said Srivastva.
Patil was the only person injured in the blasts.
He had told investigators that he lifted an unclaimed bag from a pandal, where India Against Corruption members were holding a rally, which later exploded near the Balgandharva Rang Mandir gates.
Investigators had found his passport that showed he had been to Jordan in 2004, leading to speculation whether he had a role to play in the blasts.
Last week, the Delhi Police team — which had brought Feroze with it — carried out searches at various places in the city, including Shukrawar Peth, Pune Camp, Kasarwadi, where Feroze had rented a flat, and Kondhwa.
The team also made inquiries with some tailoring shops in Pune Camp regarding Feroze's antecedents.
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