JM Road blasts: Delhi Police clean chit to Patil

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Rules out link between Patil, who was injured in the blasts, and Feroze, arrested for allegedly assembling explosives

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 Newsline.

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.

The Delhi Police, however, did not visit Namrata Dry Cleaners — located a little distance away from the blasts site — where Patil worked as a tailor for nearly two years. Since both Feroze and Patil are tailors, the team's decision to skip a visit to Namrata Dry Cleaners triggered another round of speculation. But the Delhi Police justified its decision, saying since Patil was not found involved in the blasts, there was no need to visit his tailoring shop.

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