The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has identified a 23-year-old trainee systems engineer, employed with a major Indian IT firm in Chennai since January this year, as the perpetrator of a bomb blast in a court complex in Mysuru in Karnataka on August 1 this year.
The engineer, Dawood Sulaiman, has been identified as a key figure in building sophisticated pressure cooker and container bombs that have exploded in court complexes in Chittoor (Andhra Pradesh), Kollam (Kerala), Nellore (AP), and Malappuram (Kerala).
On Wednesday, the NIA produced Sulaiman and four others, arrested on Monday and Tuesday in connection with the blasts, in court.
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The special terrorism court in Bengaluru sent the five — Sulaiman, Abbas Ali (27), Samsum Karim Raja (26), Mohammed Ayub Ali (25) and Shamsudheen Karwa (25) — to 10-day police custody. The NIA has identified Abbas and Dawood Sulaiman as prime movers of the group. The agency claims they planted the five bombs in court complexes. According to the NIA, Sulaiman went to Mysuru on August 1 and planted an IED inside a toilet in the court complex.
Sulaiman’s family members, who came to the Bengaluru court from Madurai, denied he had any role in the case. “They are saying he carried out the Mysuru blast. They said they will produce CCTV footage to support the allegation but they have not done so. He joined TCS in January and has never travelled to Mysuru,’’ said a brother-in-law of Sulaiman.According to NIA, Sulaiman brought knowledge of electronic circuitry to the group and used it to help the others construct IEDs using printed circuit boards as timers in the bombs. The unusual purchases of printed circuit boards and their destruction by members of the group put law enforcement agencies on the tail of the main accused Abbas Ali, sources said.
Sulaiman’s Facebook profile has posts on global issues concerning Muslims. According to NIA, Sulaiman had drafted the “electronic propaganda” left behind in pen drives at crime scenes. During Wednesday’s hearing one of the accused, Mohammed Ayub Ali told the court that he wanted to come clean and confess his role in the blast cases.