Bengaluru: Four charge-sheeted for supplying explosives to terror outfits

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Bengaluru (DHNS) : The Central Crime Branch (CCB) on Tuesday filed a 1,700-page charge sheet against four men it had arrested on charges of terrorism in Bengaluru, Bhatkal and Mangaluru in January this year.

Syed Ismail Afaaque, 36, Sadam Hussain, 29, Syed Abdus Suboor, 24, and Riyaz Ahmed Sayeedi, 32, all hailing from Bhatkal town in Uttara Kannada district, have been named in the charge sheet. The CCB has formally accused them of supplying gelatin sticks and other explosive material to various terror outfits which carried out bomb blasts in various parts of the country. The four men have been charged under sections 120(B), 121(A) and 511 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860, sections 13, 16, 18, 20 and 38 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, and sections 4, 5 and 6 of the Explosive Substances Act, 1908, a senior police officer said on the condition of anonymity. The CCB has listed as many as 123 witnesses in the charge sheet but the identity of several key witnesses has not been disclosed so as to “protect their lives.”

Riyaz Bhatkal, Iqbal Bhatkal and Afeef of Bhatkal, who are said to be hiding in Karachi, Pakistan, and Zainul Abideen and Sameer, who are reportedly on the run, have also been charge-sheeted as “absconding accused”. The four accused in custody were “in constant touch” with Riyaz, Iqbal and Afeef. The three men are believed to be founder members of Indian Mujahideen (IM), a terrorist organisation, according to the CCB.

The main accused, Afaaque, is married to a Pakistani national. The CCB claimed that on the “pretext” of visiting his in-laws in Karachi, Afaaque met Riyaz, Iqbal and Afeef there. The men discussed providing logistics support for carrying out bomb blasts across India. Afaaque, the charge sheet states, “underwent training in using various weapons and assembling of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) which is used in bomb blasts”.

The CCB also claimed to have recovered a large quantity of electronic detonators, gelatin sticks, ammonium nitrate, Jihadi literature and posters, besides assembled circuit boards which are used in bomb blasts, while arresting the four accused.

While Afaaque and Hussein were arrested from a flat at Cox Town in Bengaluru, Suboor was apprehended in the Jamiya area of Bhatkal. Sayeedi was detained while he was about to board a flight to Dubai from the Mangaluru International Airport. The arrests were made in January 2015 following “credible tip-offs”, the CCB said.

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  1. Dear readers,

    National Investigation Agency Files Closure Report in 2008 Modasa Bombing Case

    The National Investigation Agency (NIA),which has asked the Special Public Prosecutor(Ms.Salian) to go soft on saffron terrorist involved in Malegaon terror attack, has filed its closure report in the 2008 Modasa bombing case in Gujarat citing lack of evidence and inability to trace the main culprit.
    It was during Ramzan in 2008 when suspected terrorists blasted an explosive-laden motorcycle in a busy market on September 29 at 9.25 PM killing a 15-year-old boy and injuring 10 others.

    The agency was looking for the two main accused “Sandeep Dange and Ramji Kalsangra”, who were suspected to have orchestrated the Modasa, Malegaon and Samjhauta blasts.

    This is the first closure report filed in seven right wing terror cases.

    The NIA has also returned the Sunil Joshi murder case back to Madhya Pradesh after the agency claimed that no case under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act was made. Joshi is a charge sheeted accused in the Samjhauta train blast case.

    Can we see impartial investigation from PM Modi led government on this case which is grave danger for internal security of this country.

    The government should fully investigate and prosecute the 4 accused and speed up the sentence of Ahmed Siddiappa(Yasin Bhatkal) on terror cases.

    Jai Hind

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