By SUNIL Sonkar
Pune, March 13 — Month after Pune blast that killed 17 people, the city police commissioner Satyapal Singh charged the staff and customers of the German Bakery on Saturday with “utter negligence”. Singh said the bag having the bomb for blast was lying in the restaurant unnoticed for more than 90 minutes.
Singh was addressing a rally of thousand students at Azad campus in Pune organised by the Sakal Social Foundation. He said, “It was not a few minutes or 10-15 minutes, more than one-and-half hours and yet nobody bothered to notice it… This is sheer carelessness on the part of the people.”
The police commissioner also mentioned that the presence of the bag was noticed by a customer who informed the cashier, but he was “too busy” in his work to even take note of it or bother to inform the police.
He said, “Barely 20 minutes later, the bomb exploded there. I am sure that if the German Bakery staff and its patrons had exercised more awareness, the blast could have been prevented and so many innocent lives could have been saved.”
K.P. Raghuvanshi, the chief of State Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) chief, said the investigations are in progress and they are in hope to crack the case soon.
He said, “We are examining it from all possible angles, nothing is being ruled out. But I will not speculate on whom we suspect. As soon as we are through, it (details) shall be made public.”
Till now more than 100 suspects have been questioned in the case and has also been allowed to go.