Islamic Terrorism in India

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3 Hindustan Aeronautics Muslim employees held for terror plot

Posted by jagoindia on October 3, 2008


3 HAL staffers held for plotting Id blasts
By Our Special Correspondent
Bengaluru

Oct. 2: Bomb blasts that could have wreaked havoc during Id festivities in Karnataka on Thursday and the Dasara festival in Mysore through this week might have been thwarted at the last minute with the detention in Bengaluru of three key employees of Hindustan Aeronautics, a major defence establishment.

Aziz Subhani, son of Mohammed Kabeel, is a Grade 2 officer working with HAL’s Light Combat Aircraft division; while the identity of the other two has not been disclosed.

A crack team arrived here from New Delhi on Wednesday and took the three HAL employees into custody for questioning, police sources said. The Intelligence Bureau and the Delhi police had tipped off the local police and state intelligence officials about the trio’s alleged links with the banned Simi and their possible involvement in bombings.

“We received an alert from the Delhi police to be extra vigilant during Id and Dasara… Late Wednesday, the Delhi police team arrived with definite information about the three men. Allowing them to continue working at the defence establishment could have proved costly,” a state official told this newspaper. Their houses were raided, and CDs, microprocessors and materials on bomb-making seized. Sources in HAL confirmed all three had worked with the organisation for three years in different divisions. “Aziz is a Grade 2 officer … the other two are workmen in the helicopter division.” It is not known where the arrested men are being held. Police sources confirmed they were being questioned since Wednesday.
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Delhi Police detains 3 HAL staffers in B’lore
3 Oct 2008, 0610 hrs IST,TNN

BANGALORE: Delhi Police is probing if SIMI has infiltrated into the defence hub HAL, with three of its employees recently being detained. Those detai
ned, it is suspected, were planning serial blasts on Ramzan-eve in Bangalore and during the ongoing Dussehra celebrations in Mysore.

One of three detained is an officer with the Aircraft Research and Development Centre (ARDC). The other two are members of the ground-level staff with the HAL helicopter division. A fourth person was reportedly picked up from Udupi.

Intelligence sources said the officer, working with HAL for three years, was identified by a Hubli medico, Asasulla Basha, who was arrested at Honnali. A raid on the officer’s house yielded a large number of CDs and money.

The officer collected details of sensitive installations in Bangalore and documents on ARDC activities and transferred these to SIMI in the last three years. The IB tipped off Delhi Police.

One of the three HAL employees is said to be close to Afzal Usman, arrested for stealing four cars in Mumbai and exploding them with terror cargo in Ahmedabad on July 26. Usman is said to be a lieutenant of jailed ganglord Afzal Ansari, now lodged in a Mumbai jail.

toireporter@timesgroup.com

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