The National Investigation Agency, which is probing the August 1 serial blasts in Pune, has sent a team to Bidar in Karnataka [ Images ] to track the antecedents of Patil -- the tailor who picked up one of the bombs and was injured in the blast. Meanwhile, another team of the NIA is probing the Indian Mujahideen's [ Images ] link to the serial blasts.
Sources say that the NIA team has been in Bidar since Friday morning and is collecting information on Patil. "We need to do a through check of his antecedents. Although he is not being treated as an accused in the case, we want more information on him since he has not been too forthcoming during questioning," the source said.
Some questions posed to Patil have led the NIA to believe that he has his roots in Bidar and hence there is a team to check the same.
Patil is the person who had picked up the bomb before it exploded, injuring him. He was questioned on day one of the incident. Some in the investigating team say that he was an opportunity hunter and could have picked up the parcel out of curiosity. However, Patil has denied any link to the blast. The reason the NIA has doubted him is because he has been dodgy and unclear in his versions.
Sources say that this is part of routine investigation and they are trying to gather as much information as possible on Patil.