A special investigation team of the CB-CID arrested two persons from Coimbatore and another from Dharmapuri this week after investigations revealed their involvement in sourcing a pistol for Kichan Buhari, one of the key accused in the Bangalore blasts case.
According to sources, following the interrogation of Mohammed Ansar, the man alleged to have received the pistol and ammunition meant for Buhari, at the Palayamkottai prison, a special team was sent to several locations across the State.
The team had picked up three men, whom they believed had connections with Buhari. While Salauddin, alias Ibrahim (32) and Mohammed Nisar (23) were picked up from their homes on NH Road, Coimbatore, Munna, alias Mohammed Rafiq (25) was arrested in Dharmapuri two days ago.
It is claimed that Munna had met one Sadha Aslam from Coimbatore at the Salem prison. Sadha Aslam is said to have had close links with Buhari and had asked Munna to source a pistol and ammunition for Buhari and had asked him to take the money from Salauddin.
Salauddin is believed to have given Munna Rs 45,000, after which he had visited Bihar to purchase the US-made 7.65mm pistol.
Munna, after procuring the pistol, is said to have handed it over to Nisar. Based on the leads provided by Mohammed Thasin, one of them was arrested in Tirunelveli for possessing 17 kg of explosives, police began their search for the weapon. Meanwhile, the pistol along with the ammunition had changed hands multiple times, eventually finding its way to Mann Suleiman, who is said to have received the pistol and passed it on to Ansar, asking him to dispose it of. Eventually, cops found the weapon along with 53 rounds of ammo in a drainage canal near Ansar’s home in Coimbatore.