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Terror plot foiled in south India

Publication Date : 31-08-2012


The Indian police yesterday claimed to have prevented  major terror attacks in Karnataka and other parts of the country by arresting 11 people, including a journalist from a prominent local daily. Five of the suspects were picked up from Hubli while the others were arrested from different parts of Bangalore.

In a hurriedly convened meeting Lalrokhua Pachau, Director General of Police (DGP), and Jyoti Prakah Mirji, Bangalore Police Commissioner, told reporters late this evening that they had seized a foreign made 7.65 mm pistol, seven rounds of ammunition and other gadgets from the arrested.

The officials said that “the police havedone a brilliant job by preventing  major  terror attacks in Karnataka and other parts of the country as those arrested had been working on their plans for the past few months. We, however, had been keeping their movements under watch” and nabbed them at the right time. “A catastrophe,” the DGP added,” has been averted in Karnataka following the arrests.”

The suspects were also plotting to kill journalists, MPs and MLAs.

While the police did not mention this, it is learnt that one of the targets was a columnist of a vernacular paper for allegedly writing against Islam. Responding to queries, the officials said that initial investigations revealed that the suspects were trained by  jihadi groups like the Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami and Lashkar-e-Taiyyaba with handlers in Saudi Arabia.

Answering another question, police said that as the interrogation of the suspects is still going on, it was not in a position to disclose more now.  Considering the sensitive nature of the information, it preferred to wait for the questioning to be over before giving more details.

The two top officials did add that while it was too early to say anything about the possible involvement of the suspects in the recent exodus from Bangalore of people from the North-east, particularly the threatening SMSes and MMS clips, “all aspects were being looked into.” Following the arrests and consequent questioning, police have charged the suspects under  Sections 120(B), 153( A), 307 and 379 of the Indian Penal Code.

The arrested have been identified as Muthiur Rehman Siddiqui, a journalist; Riyaz and Yusuf, both salesmen, Ajaz, a software engineer, Shoaib, Imran, H Sheikh, W Hussain Kanakannavar and Zafar Iqbal.

While the top officials did not comment on the involvement of the suspects in the blast at the Chinnaswamy stadium here two years ago during an IPL match and in which 15 people were injured, police are not ruling out anything as of now, it is learnt.


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