Police arrested a 32-year old man en-route to UAE from Mangalore International Airport on Saturday night.
Riyaz Ahmed Sayeedi, a native of Bhatkal, was employed at a hardware store in Dubai and was visiting his native town for 15 days, said officials. They said he was in touch with the three Indian Mujahideen modules who were arrested by the Bangalore police from the city and Bhatkal.
“The interrogation of the three yielded some of the names of their contacts, one of whom is Riyaz. He had already cleared immigration at the airport and was awaiting for his boarding call, when police in plain clothes detained him and later arrested him. Investigations are on and we are probing his involvement,” Bangalore City Commissioner M N Reddi said.
Meanwhile, the investigations by the Bangalore police against a homeopathic doctor Syed Ismail Afaque and two others arrested last week has thrown light on the supply of explosives to the Indian Mujahideen for carrying out blasts in the country after 2010, Reddi said.
Efforts were on to identify the Pakistan and Karachi based handlers on whose instructions the explosives were supplied, he added. The arrest of a fourth individual Riyaz Ahmed Sayeedi was part of the effort to identify all individuals linked to the procurement and supply of explosives to the IM, police said.
Efforts were also on to analyse whether explosives used in blasts at Hyderabad in 2013, in Pune in 2012, in Mumbai in 2011, and in the Chinnaswamy cricket stadium in 2011 in Bangalore originated from the same supply chain.