Bengaluru: Church Street Blast: Three IM Suspects Arrested

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Bengaluru (IANS) Three suspected members of banned outfit Indian Mujahideen were Thursday arrested for their involvement in the Dec 28 blast in the city in which a woman was killed, a top police official said.

The three accused – Syed Ismail Afaq, 34, Saddam Hussein, 35, and Abdus Subur, 24 – were arrested in Bhatkal in the coastal district of Uttara Kannada and brought to the city for interrogation,” Commissioner of Police M.N. Reddi told reporters here.






A police team raided the homes of the accused in Bhatkal, 480 km from here, and found substantial quantities of explosives (ammonium nitrate), detonators, electronic timer devices, digital circuits, circuit-making material, gas-based explosive material and fuel oil.

Police seized the items under the Explosives Act.

“During raids at a rented house of the accused in the city’s northwest suburb, our probe team found several incriminating material including communication equipment, laptops and other equipment, which were seized,” Reddi said.

Investigation into the low-intensity blast outside a popular restaurant on the upscale Church Street revealed that the accused trio were found to be in regular interaction with other members of the banned organisation.

The three were working under instructions of a handler, who was yet to be identified, the police chief said.

Police registered a case against the three under various sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The explosive substances were meant to be used for making IEDs (improvised explosive devices), he said. Details of the substances seized will be known after forensic examination.

“Similarly, the communication equipment are being examined for their detailed usage and whether it can be an additive for the explosive devices,” he said.

Bengaluru: Church Street blast: Police detain three suspects from Bhatkal

Bengaluru (PTI): Three suspected operatives of banned Indian Mujahideen were arrested today for their alleged role in the recent blast here that claimed the life of a woman.

The arrests were made during simultaneous raids conducted in the city and at Bhatkal in Uttara Kannada District, Bengaluru Police Commissioner M N Reddi told reporters here.

In Bhatkal, a substantial quantity of explosive materials, amonium nitrate as well as gelatin sticks along with a number of bomb making equipment were seized, he said.

Electronic circuit, digital circuit devices and detonators have also been seized, he said, adding, all these materials and equipment were used for making explosive devices. The seized material have been sent for forensic examination.

Reddi said during the raids, the suspected IM operatives Sayed Ismail Aafaque (34), Saddam Hussein (35) and Abdus Sabbuur (24), an MBA student, were picked up. All the three are residents of Bhatkal.

“All these persons are suspected to be members of banned IM and they were found to be in regular touch with other members of other banned organisations and IM,” he said.

Intial information showed that they were operating under the direct instructions of a handler in the higher rung within their organisation, he said.

To a query, he said, there was no “direct link” of the arrested trio to the December 28 blast on Church Street here that killed a woman and injured three others but their suspected role was being probed.

“Prima facie we do not see connection with the Church street blast. However nothing could be ruled out at this stage.The handler is based out of this country,” he said.

Reddi said two persons were arrested at Pulikeshinagar in Bengaluru and another at Bhatkal.

“A lot of incriminating material was seized from a house in Puliskeshinagar. Incriminating materials seized are such as electronic communication equipment and laptop,” Reddi said.

Further investigation was being taken up jointly by the Bengaluru police and the Internal Security Division of the Karnataka police, he said.

Cases have been registered under various sections of the Explosive Substances Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

He said the “quantity and sophistication of the incriminating material” and equipment for manufacturing explosive devices found in Bhatkal as well some of the incriminating electronic materials seized in Pulikeshinagar suggested that “it is part of a larger scheme of things.”

The Improvised Explosive Device blast outside a restauraunt in central business district in Bengaluru, described as a terror attack by the government, had claimed the life of 38-year old Bhavani who was here from Tamil Nadu and injured three others

Bengaluru,Jan 08,  Agecnies: Bengaluru Police have reportedly detained two suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives from Bhatkal in relation to the Church Street explosion that took place last month.

Bhavani, a 38-year-old woman from Chennai, succumbed to injuries from the blast that was triggered by IED.

The two men are being interrogated by the Central Crime Branch (CCB) sleuths, who have also reportedly recovered  explosives and bomb-making material from them.

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