Islamic Terrorism in India

Most Muslims are not terrorists, but most terrorists are Muslims

Two more suspected Islamic terrorists held in Mangalore

Posted by jagoindia on October 18, 2008

Terror probe: two more held by Dakshina Kannada police
Staff Correspondent
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Items used for making explosives recovered

Seized: The items recovered by the police at Koppa in Chikmagalur district which were displayed in Mangalore on Friday.

MANGALORE: The Dakshina Kannada police have taken two more persons into custody in connection with their investigation into coastal Karnataka’s influence on the recent spurt of terrorist strikes across the country. They have also recovered things that they claim are integral to the process of bomb-making.

Speaking to presspersons here on Friday, Inspector-General of Police (Western Range) A.M. Prasad said the district police on Thursday took into custody Rafique Bava of Bolanthooru village in Bantwal taluk and Fakeer Bava of Heleyangadi village near Mulky.

The recovered items included an air-rifle and targets, a wooden bow, chemical laboratory equipment, automobile tool kit, carpenter tool kit, electrical tool kit and a synthetic camping tent. Several packets that the police claimed contained gunpowder and chemicals were also seized.

Mr. Prasad explained that the “haul” was the result of “relentless” efforts of the district police who had acted on the tips received from the Mumbai police who were still interrogating the four persons arrested from the district on October 3.

The police said that on the information provided by Ahmed Bava (one of the four persons arrested on October 3) they raided two houses in Chikmagalur district — one at Vittalmakki in Koppa taluk and another at Hakkalamane in N.R. Pura taluk.

The recovered items displayed at the press conference were allegedly recovered from these houses which are believed to have sheltered several terrorists. The houses also doubled as chemical laboratories where suspected jehadis honed their bomb-making skills, the police said.

The elusive Riaz Bhatkal, who is being projected as the central figure of the so-called Mangalore-based Indian Mujahideen module, had also been a resident of the Hakkalamane house, according to the police.

Other visitors to the Hakkalamane house were Ahammed Yasin, Ahamed Bava (namesake of the person arrested on October 3), Badabhai, Chotabhai and Moosa. All of them are at large and the police are hunting for them.

Mr. Prasad said there was growing evidence that the coastal region, particularly Mangalore city, played a role in the pan-Indian logistical exercise that led to the recent terror strikes.

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