VELLORE: The Karnataka police have taken terror suspects— ‘Police’ Fakruddin (alias) Fakruddin, ‘Panna’ Ismail and Bilal Malik—to produce them before the First Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court in Bangalore in connection with the 2013 bomb blast in front of BJP office in Malleshwaram in the city. Sixteen persons, including policemen, were injured in the blast.
A 63-member heavily armed police team from Bangalore escorted the trio from the Vellore Central Prison. Assistant Commissioner of Police of Bangalore City Omkaraiah led the team, which included three inspectors and nine sub-inspectors. The security convoy consisting of seven vehicles left the prison premises around 2.05 pm.
After obtaining the court permission to take the trio under custody, the Bangalore police would grill them in connection with the bomb blast case. The blast had occurred between 10 am and 11 am on April 17, 2013. Several vehicles had gone up in flames in the blast, besides injuring 16 persons.
“The National Investigation Agency, probing into the bomb blast case, will take them for interrogation after obtaining the court permission,” said a police officer.
The Bangalore police team reached Vellore on Thursday night. “The team got an endorsement from the Chief Judicial Magistrate in Vellore after showing the legal documents obtained from the Metropolitan Court in Bangalore. They also obtained the endorsement from a senior police officer in the district police office to escort Fakruddin and his aides to their place,” said a police official.
After verifying the court documents and its authenticity, the prison officials handed teh trio over to the Bangalore police team. “After the interrogation over the blast is completed, they will be produced before the Vellore court and later lodged in the Vellore prison,” he said.
Recently, the Andhra Pradesh(AP) police took the terror suspects for interrogation in connection with the Puttur case. The AP police had registered a case against on them under the Explosive Act and Arms Act, for stocking a huge amount of explosives in Puttur. Bilal and Ismail were caught from the hideout during a joint operation by the AP and TN police on October 5, 2013. They were also involved in several cases of murder of Sangh Parivar men in Tamil Nadu.