Citizens group from Pune meets CM, questions Delhi Police claims

Alleges harassment of Muslim youths, seeks Chavan intervention.

A delegation of citizens group claimed on Friday Delhi Police probing the August 31 Pune blasts case was harassing innocent Muslims and demanded the intervention of Chief Minster Prithviraj Chavan. After a meeting with CM, it said Delhi Police, which claimed to have cracked the case, could not be trusted.

"In 15 of the 16 cases investigated by Delhi Police Special Cell (in the past decade), the courts have given orders in favour of the accused and let them off. This shows how efficient the cell is. They are deliberately targeting innocent Muslim youth," Anjum Inamdar of Kul Jamati Tanzeem, an umbrella organisation of Muslim groups, said.

He was accompanied by Samajwadi Party state president Abu Azmi and Baba Patil, president of Maratha outfit Chava Yuva Sanghatana.

Four bombs planted on cycles had gone off in Pune's Jungli Maharaj Lane on August 1.

Maharashtra ATS was investigating the blasts with its chief Rakesh Maria making Pune his base for the entire duration of the investigation. Both ATS and Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil had publicly said they were close to solving the case.

However, Delhi Police Special Cell surprised all on October 11 announcing it had cracked the case and arrested three persons.

"We have no faith in the functioning and investigation of Delhi Police," Inamdar said.

The delegation also claimed the investigators seemed to be in a hurry to give a clean chit to Dayanand Patil, who held the bag in which the bomb exploded.

It claimed the person for whom Patil worked had right-wing leanings. Patil used to work as a tailor in a laundry owned by Shivaji Chavan, reportedly a member of Patit Pavan Sanghatana.

"Police are not investigating the role of Chavan," Patil said.

The Chief Minister promised the delegation to take up the issue with Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde next week when he goes to New Delhi.

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