The special investigation team (SIT), assisted by the state intelligence, arrested two persons from Kunnamkulam for their alleged involvement in the bomb blast on April 17 in front of the BJP office in Bangalore, which left 17 persons, including 11 policemen, injured.
According to the police sources, Sulfikar Ali, 22, and Shabeer, 24, natives of Ukkadam in Coimbatore, were arrested from a hideout at Kunnamkulam.
The investigation team team took them into custody from the house of a relative of Shabeer at Kizhakkumuri, Pathikkara.
“The SIT neither contacted the local police nor informed us about the arrest,” said Babu K Thomas, Kunnamkulam Circle Inspector, adding that the local police came to know about the arrest from the locals near the house in which the arrested were staying.
The SIT team took them to Bangalore for further investigation.
It is learnt that the accused had been staying in a hideout for the last five days, he added. Ali, a member of Al-Uma, a banned fundamentalist group in Tamil Nadu, is one of the accused in the case. Shabeer is his friend.
Altogether, the Bangalore police have arrested 11 people, including five Coimbatore natives, in connection with the blast.
The blast went off in Bangalore’s residential locality of Malleswaram near the BJP’s headquarters on April 17.