A suspected terrorist from Tamil Nadu who has eluded law enforcement agencies for over 15 years has been named as the central figure in the April 17, 2013 blast carried out at the BJP office in Bangalore.
Abu Backer Siddique, 48, on whom the Tamil Nadu police placed a reward of Rs five lakh last year following his alleged involvement in motivating a series of murders of right-wing Hindu leaders, was officially named by the Bangalore police as the driving force behind the BJP office blast in documents placed in a local court last week.
Following the interrogation over the past fortnight of three key persons – Al Ummah members Fakruddin, Bilal Malik and Panna Ismail – accused of carrying out the BJP office attack the Bangalore, police in documents filed before a court here on July 8 named Abu Backer Siddique as the person who motivated and guided the BJP office attack which left 18 persons injured.
In a chargesheet filed in the case last year, Siddique had only been named as ‘Siddique Bhai’ – one among 20 participants in the blast conspiracy. Siddique has now been identified as the motivator and architect of the BJP office blast on the basis of statements provided during their interrogation.
The trio had been arrested near Chitoor in Andhra Pradesh in October last year in a joint operation by the Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh police. The trio were arrested by the TN police for the July 1, 2013 killing of a Hindu Munnani leader in Vellore and the July 19, 2013 killing of a BJP general secretary in Salem.
Following the investigations in Tamil Nadu, the trio were taken into custody by the Bangalore police on June 21 this year to investigate their role in the BJP office blast case since investigations and the arrests of 11 others had revealed that Fakruddin, Malik and Ismail executed the attack with logistical support provided by a few other former members of the banned Al Ummah outfit.
The investigations over the last fortnight have revealed that the elusive Abu Backer Siddique motivated and guided Fakruddin and Malik to execute the attack at the BJP office. The investigations have also revealed that it was Abu Backer Siddique who taught Fakruddin to make IEDs.
For the BJP office blast the IED was prepared at the hideout near Chitoor and the directive to target the BJP office in Bangalore was given by Siddique, sources said. The probe has revealed that Siddique is a central figure in terrorist activities, the police stated in a court application.
“Siddique traveled and communicated in a manner where he would be untraceable. This means he has been trained in covert terrorist operations. We think he continued…