‘Bhatkal Gang Supplied Material for Stadium Blast’

Published: 13th January 2015 06:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th January 2015 06:02 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU: The four suspects arrested over the past week were receiving money from abroad to carry out terror attacks, police said on Monday.

The men --- two arrested from Bengaluru, and one each from Bhatkal and Mangaluru ---  are said to be members of terror outfit Indian Mujahideen  (IM) .

City Police Commissioner M N Reddi told reporters on Monday,  the men, all hailing from Bhatkal, had been in constant touch with other suspects who had escaped abroad.

The absconders were funding them through hawala transactions, he said. The arrested men were supplying deadly explosives for attacks, according to Reddi.

The group had provided explosives for the Chinnaswamy Stadium blast in April 2010, he said.

“The material found at the blast site and the explosives recovered from the accused have matched. One of the accused was trained in manufacturing explosives in Pakistan,” Reddi said.

Though the police had made several arrests after the 2010 case, they had not been sure about the origin of the explosives.”With these four arrests, we have got the answer. The agencies are now trying to match the missing links from the previous blasts based on the statements made by the arrested suspects,” Reddi explained.

A special team is interrogating the suspects and more arrests are likely soon, a source said.

The families of the accused had alleged on Saturday that the police had planted explosives and framed the group.Rubbishing the allegation, Reddi said the arrests were based on concrete intelligence inputs. The men were being tracked for some months, he said.

The probe is transparent and there is no truth in the allegations made by the families, he asserted.

“Indian police are not into the business of planting explosives to frame anyone. We have proper evidence they were receiving international calls from the handlers of a terror outfit,” he explained.Riyaz Ahmed Sayeedi, the fourth Bhatkal man arrested from Mangaluru Airport on Saturday, was produced before a court on Monday. He will remain in police custody till January 21.

He was about to board a Dubai-bound Jet Airways flight. Police said Sayeedi was related to Indian Mujahideen chief Riyaz Bhatkal. 

Riyaz was arrested on the basis of information provided by Syed Ismail Afaq, Saddam Hussain and Abdus Saboor, the three terror suspects nabbed earlier.


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