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BJP office blast: Chargesheet likely next week,to name 15 persons

According to court documents,the plot for the bombing was hatched sometime in September or October 2012,

Written by Express News Service | Bangalore | Published: October 10, 2013 3:59:48 am

The Bangalore police are set to name 15 persons in a chargesheet to be filed next week in the Malleswaram BJP office blast case of April 17 — including three persons arrested in Chittoor in a joint operation by the Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh police last week. The police are preparing to file the chargesheet since the 180-day period since the first arrest was carried out in the case on April 23 is set to lapse on October 18.

Three men arrested last week — Panna Ismail,Police Fakruddin and Bilal Mallik — who are in the custody of the Tamil Nadu police currently will be formally charged through a supplementary chargesheet after their custody is obtained and further investigation done,police said

A former member of the banned Tamil Nadu terror organisation Al Ummah,a resident of Tirunelveli,Panna Ismail,has been identified in court douments as the probable planter of the IED that was prepared by Fakruddin and Mallik. Al Ummah and All India Jihad Committee member Syed Mohammed Bukhari alias Kitchan Bukhari,38,who was once convicted of the 1998 Coimbatore blasts that killed 58 people,will be among those formally chargesheeted in the case. Bukhari is accused of funding the blasts by paying Rs 50,000 to Panna Ismail and organising key logistics including cellphones and explosives used for the blasts.

According to court documents citing investigations in the case,the plot for the bombing in Bangalore was hatched sometime in September or October 2012.

The others accused in the case are Saddam Hussein,a brother-in-law of Kitchan Bukhari,who was arrested on April 25 after being brought on a transit warrant from the Coimbatore central jail where he was lodged a few days prior to the Bangalore blast after being arrested in a petty case.

Tenkasi Suleman alias Syed Suleman of Coimbatore,Azar Ali,29,of Madurai,Valayar Hakeem of Tirunelveli,Rahmatullah of Coimbatore and Suleman alias Manbay,Mohammed Salin,Zulfiqar Ali and Shamsuddin are the other accused in the case.

All these men are accused of handling the ammonium nitrate-based Power Gel explosives used in the blast.

Peer Mohideen,a tea vendor in Bangalore who allegedly harboured the main attackers prior to the blast,and Sunnath Basheer,who provided a stolen cellphone to buy the motorcyle used in the blast are the other accused.

The Tamil Nadu police seized 17.50 kg of explosives in August which was part of a larger consignment that the group had sourced for carrying out blasts. The supplier,identified as Parvai Basha,and a former Al Ummah leader Abu Backer Siddique,will be named as absconders in the chargesheet,sources said.

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