A homeopathy doctor, Syed Ismail Afaque, 34, and three associates identified by security agencies as suppliers of explosives for blasts carried out by the Indian Mujahideen terror outfit between 2010 to 2013 are set to be chargesheeted by the police on Tuesday for possessing explosives, participating in unlawful activities and terrorist conspiracies.
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Afaque, Abdul Suboor, 24, Saddam Hussein, 34, and Riyaz Ahmed Sayeedi, 32, were arrested in January this year. Investigations by the police and other agencies reportedly revealed that Afaque procured and supplied explosives through his associates to the IM for the July 13, 2011 blasts in Mumbai that killed 26 people, the failed August 1, 2012 Pune blast, and the February 21, 2013 Dilsukhnagar blasts in Hyderabad that killed 18 people.
On June 26, the Mumbai ATS filed a chargesheet against Afaque and Hussein for supplying explosives for the July 2011. Investigations in the case revealed that arrested IM members Asadullah Akhtar, Pakistan national Zia ur Rehman alias Waqas, Yasin Bhatkal and Tehseen Akhtar alias Monu carried out the bombings.
The explosives for making the bombs were allegedly supplied by Afaque in Mangalore.
Afaque and Suboor were arrested on January 8 on the basis of intelligence inputs. Afaque was identified as the supplier of explosives since 2010 to IM members. As many as 40 packets of ammonium nitrate gel weighing 125 grams each, along with detonators, electronic timer devices, digital circuits, wires and PVC pipes, were seized by the police on January 8 from Suboor’s house in Bhatkal in coastal Karnataka.
Afaque has been identified as a close associate of IM founder Riyaz Bhatkal.