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Six months after Tamil Nadu police arrested four suspects in the April 17, 2013 bomb blast at BJP head office in Bangalore, the Bangalore police are still waiting for custody of the four key suspects.
Former members of the banned Al Ummah outfit from Tamil Nadu, Panna Ismail, Bilal Malik and ‘Police’ Fakruddin, were suspected to be primary executors of the attack and were arrested in October 2013 by the Tamil Nadu Police.
The alleged supplier of explosives, Shahul Hameed alias Parvai Basha, was arrested in February 2014.
Police officials from Bangalore were provided brief access to the four accused but they are yet to be given permission for custodial interrogation. Sources said the Tamil Nadu police indicated that custody would be granted after Lok Sabha polls.
Bangalore police named 14 people in the Malleswaram BJP office blast that injured 18 people and damaged 23 vehicles, causing an estimated loss of about Rs 50 lakh.
Bangalore police had named Ismail, Malik and Fakruddin who were arrested in the first week of October 2013 and Basha, in February.
All the accused are from Tamil Nadu and some have past connections with banned terror groups.
Al Ummah and All India Jihad Committee member Kitchan Bukhari alias Syed Mohammed Bukhari, 38, convicted in the 1998 Coimbatore blasts that killed 58 people, is named in the chargesheet. He is accused of funding the blasts by paying Rs 50,000 to Panna Ismail and organizing key logistics including cellphones and explosives.
The others named are Baasir alias Basheer, Sait Azgar Ali alias Sait, Rehamathulla, Valayil Hakeem, Syed Suleman alias Tenkasi Suleman, Suleman alias Man Bhai, Zulfikar Ali and Mohammed Salin.
Peer Mohideen from Tirunelveli, a tea vendor in Bangalore, allegedly harbored the main attackers prior to the blast but has not been named in the chargesheet.
Bangalore police are yet to establish identities of motivators and those who funded the blasts and whether the plan was hatched in India or abroad.
Ismail, Fakruddin and Mallik are linked to the July 19 killing of a BJP general secretary in Salem, and the July 1 killing of a Hindu Munnani leader in Vellore. The Tamil Nadu police announced a Rs five lakh reward on each of their heads nabbed them following an encounter at Nellore in Andhra Pradesh.
Abu Backer Siddique, another key conspirator, on whose head a reward of Rs five lakh has been announced by Tamil Nadu police, is absconding and suspected to be linked to the BJP office blast though he has not been named in the chargesheet. Siddique is suspected to have co-ordinated the conspiracy to carry out the blast at the BJP office.