Court Bans Screening of Pune Blast CCTV Footage

On plea of the Maharashtra Anti Terror Squad (ATS), a special court in Pune has imposed a ban all news channels from screening CCTV footage of the German Bakery blast, reported ANI.

“No electronic media should publish, display or telecast any footage or coverage of the incident dated February 13, 2010, and before the incident that has come on the CCTV (footage) of German Bakery and Hotel ‘O’, which will lead to the disclosure of identity of the witnesses in the case,” Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh, while reading out the court order, was quoted as saying.

“The order was passed under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Section 44 which provides for protection of witnesses such as keeping their identities secret even in orders, judgments and records of the court, by issuing directions to secure their identity,” he was quoted as saying.

Singh also said that two organizations wrote to him claiming responsibility for the explosion, said report.

One letter was sent by the SIMI (Students Islamic Movement of India) International and bore a Pune stamp, while the other by the Mujahideen Islami Muslim Front that was written in Devanagari script, report said.

“Some groups claim responsibility. But the claims may be false or may have been made to divert the course of the investigation. Such claims will not affect the probe,” he was quoted as saying.

“Many a times some organisations and people, they make false claims. We cannot say anything right now. To disrupt the investigation of the investigative agencies, some people send such letters.

“People send letters, make phone calls and send SMSs; these things keep happening but all this will not hamper the work of the investigative agencies. They will work as the evidence comes their way,” Singh was quoted as saying.

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