BANGALORE: The Bangalore police, with the help of Kerala their counterparts, arrested three persons — Tajuddin from Vedimara, Ernakulam district in Kerala, Sarfuddin alias Sarfu from Kannur in Kerala and Abdul Khadar from Virajpet in Karnataka.
The trio were involved in the Bangalore serial blasts by providing logistics like vehicles to carry out bombing. Four vehicles involved in transportation of bomb materials and planting of bombs were also seized from Kerala, police said.
With these arrests, the number of the accused arrested has increased to 15.
The main accused like Riyaz Bhatkal (30) from Bhatkal town, Sameer(30) of Kannur are still at large. Wali alias Rehan alias Rasheed Obidulla, a Pakistani national, Ali alias Isha alias Ali Abdul Azeez Hooti, a Omani national and Saleem alias Mabasheer Shayeed alias Yahya, a Pakistani national are also wanted in the case.
Red-corner notices were issued subsequently against them, police commissioner Shankar Bidari said.
Abdul Sattar, Abdul Jabbar, Mujeeb, Faizal, Abdul Jaleel, Manaf alias Rahees, Sarfuddin, Badruddin, Sakariya, Sarfaraz Nawaz were arrested earlier and police have filed initial chargesheets against them. Main accused Nasir and Shaffaz were arrested a few weeks ago.
During the course of Nasir’s interrogation, it was revealed that at the age of 16, he joined Abdul Nasir Madani’s organisation called ISS and also is a PDP member.
Nasir started ginger cultivation in 2005 at Madapura and Hosathota in Coorg, Karnataka. Nawaz and Nasir visited the place and decided to start jihadi training there for youths.
Nasir also held a conspiracy meeting with Sarfaraz Nawaz and sought monetary help for carrying out the serial blasts in Bangalore.
During March 2008, Nasir and Sarfaraz along with one more accused Shafiq conducted a recce of Bangalore.
Nasir along with Mujeeb, Aleem, Bomb Ismail, Raisal and Abdul Raheem committed theft of explosives like ammonium nitrate, gelatin sticks and electronic detonators from a shop at Perambavoor in Ernakulam. They collected other accessories like jelly, iron bolt, nuts, cement and newspapers from Bangalore and manufactured bombs in Mujeeb’s house and planted them at various places in Bangalore.
The blasts were carried out with the financial assistance and guidance from Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT). Nasir and Shaffaz were assisted financially by LeT during their stay in Bangladesh.
Nasir also revealed about his involvement in Aasad Murder case, Calicut twin blast case and other cases.