9 held in Bangalore blasts case

With the Karnataka Police’s announcement of the cracking of the Bangalore serial blasts case has emerged a wealth of details...

Written by Johnson T A | Bangalore | Published:February 8, 2009 1:56 am

With the Karnataka Police’s announcement of the cracking of the Bangalore serial blasts case has emerged a wealth of details revealing an intricately planned terror operation. Karnataka Police chief Ajai Kumar Singh announced the arrest of nine persons from Kerala,and identified another four men from the state,killed in Kashmir by security forces in October,among the perpetrators of the blasts,at a press conference on Saturday.

A Bangalore bus ticket found on one of four Kerala men killed in Kashmir en route to a terror training camp in PoK,cell phone records revealing the movement of the four Kerala terror trainees in Bangalore,a switched-off mobile phone around the time of the July 25 Bangalore blasts,a plan to create time bombs programmed beyond 24 hours and the outline of a nationwide collaboration between the Indian Mujahideen,fringe radical groups around the country and the Lashkar-e-Toiba in Pakistan,were the details that emerged as part of the investigation.

The nine arrested for the low-intensity blasts that killed one person,include a key figure,Abdul Sattar alias E T Zainuddin,57,an electrical engineer allegedly entrusted with creating microchip-based,long-duration programmable timer devices for bombs.

Police said Sattar,who hails from Mallapuram,was asked to prepare the devices by Riyaz Bhatkal,the still elusive leader of the Indian Mujahideen that has claimed responsibility for the Jaipur,Ahmedabad and Delhi serial blasts of May 13,July 26 and September 13 last year. Bhatkal in turn is believed to have received orders to create the microchip timers from a Pakistan and LeT linked former associate Amir Reza Khan. The Karnataka Police said the request came “through an intermediary based outside the country”.

However,police chief Ajai Kumar Singh refused to comment on whether Bhatkal himself was directly involved in the Bangalore blasts.

Among the other accused are Sarfuddin,28,son of Sattar,Sakariya,21,and Manaf,23. Also accused are five others — Abdul Jaleel,Muhammad Faizal,Mujeeb,Abdul Jabbar,and Badaruddin — already accused in a Kerala Police case for recruiting and sending youths to Kashmir.

The four youths who travelled to Kashmir after allegedly carrying out the Bangalore bombings,and who were killed by security forces are Muhammad Faiz,Muhammad Fayaz,Abdul Raheem (a son-in-law of Abdul Sattar) and Muhammad Yasin alias Varghese Joseph.

Sattar,whose arrest on January 20 in Hyderabad laid bare the conspiracy,is accused of supplying the microchip timer devices for the 10 bombs used in Bangalore as well as the failed Surat bombs found on July 26 and July 27. Officials said only a part of the investigations had been completed and further probe would continue into the missing links in the case.

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