December 7, 2009 3:41:57 am
Nasir Tadiyandavede,the main accused in the July 25,2008 serial blasts in Bangalore that killed one woman and injured a dozen people,used a clutch of SIM cards procured with fake identities to plan and execute the terrorist attack,investigators have found.
Nasir,33,who is also accused in an alleged Lashkar-e-Toiba plot to send youths from Kerala to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) for terror training,was arrested in Bangladesh last month,and produced before a Bangalore magistrate on Saturday.
Nasir and his brother-in-law Shafaz Shamsuddin were remanded in two weeks police custody. Both men had fled to Bangladesh in late November 2008,a month after Indian security forces in Jammu and Kashmir killed four youths from Kerala trying to cross over to PoK.
Investigations have revealed that Nasir used as many as seven different SIM cards obtained with fake identities over a period of time. Investigators suspect Nasir was part of a fake passport and passport theft racket before venturing into terrorism.
Only one of the SIMs was obtained using a genuine name and address an Idea mobile number,9605500593. However,Shemeer Ali Kutty,35,a daily wage earning porter who has lived in the Ernakulam area for over 30 years,in whose name the SIM was issued,has told the police he never bought the card. Kutty has told the police that he lost his passport around 2003. It is suspected that this passport,about the loss of which no police complaint was filed,was used by Nasir to procure the SIM card. Sources in the police said this same passport was also used by a wanted LeT operative based in the UAE.
Police sources said they were hoping the arrest of Nasir would throw light on Lashkar operations,including the use of fake identities,and immigration rackets.
He (Nasir) is obviously an important person if he has enjoyed the hospitality of the LeT over the last year, said a top police source. His role in the Bangalore blasts was already clear. We need to find out the extent of his relationship with the LeT,and its ramifications here, the source said.
Investigators believe that Nasir,a former aide of the Kerala-based Peoples Democratic Party leader Abdul Nasser Madani who was exonerated in the 1998 Coimbatore blasts,strengthened his links with the LeT since his escape to Bangladesh.
The 718-page chargesheet and supporting documents filed by the Bangalore Police in the July 25,2008 serial blasts case says Nasir did the groundwork of putting together and motivating a group of young men to carry out the attack. He received funds for the attack from the Gulf-based LeT intermediary and former SIMI activist Sarfaraz Nawaz,who was arrested in March this year.
Nasir also surveyed the sites to plant bombs,and helped prepare the bombs at a house on the outskirts of Bangalore,the chargesheet says.
The arrest of Nasir and Shafaz in Bangladesh is reported to have been based on information provided to security agencies by Bangladeshi suspects found interacting with a Pakistan based LeT leader who had also interfaced with Tahawwur Rana,one of the two men held by the FBI in the US in October.
Rana travelled to India in November 2008 after a stopover in Dubai,days before Nasir escaped to Bangladesh. Sarfaraz Nawaz is believed to have told the Bangalore police that the planning for Nasirs escape from India was done in Dubai in early November 2008.
The analysis of local phone numbers known to the police to have been used by Nasir and Shafaz ahead of their escape to Bangladesh has not,however,shown any connectivity with Ranas 09867833413 number left in the newspaper advertisements announcing his New Delhi-Kochi-Ahmedabad-Mumbai tour between November 14 and November 21,2008.
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