Bangalore blasts was conspired in Kerala
BANGALORE: The investigation into last year’s Bangalore serial blasts revealed that a meeting between Abdul Sattar and Riyaz Bhatkal, who is still at large, took place at Aiswarya Tourist Home in Ernakulam. The room was booked by Sattar and the entry was made in his own handwriting. Here, they hatched the conspiracy to prepare micro chip-based timer devices to be used for IEDs.
Their mission was ‘Shock Bangalore’
8 Feb 2009, TNN
Bangalore : It is official. A group of radicals, alleged to be involved in crimes including an attempt to murder former Kerala chief minister E K Nayanar, were behind the Bangalore blasts on July 25, 2008. All they wanted to do is `shock’ Bangalore. The reason: the city’s economic prosperity and BJP romping home to power.
Speaking to the media on Saturday, police commissioner Shankar Bidari said: “The first stage of investigation is over but we are still continuing probe as terror networks are complex. We need to coordinate with several national agencies.”
He added the gang did not mean to cause huge damage and chose less crowded places to plant the bombs. The serial blasts in eight locations killed one — Sudha, 35, from Arasikere, wife of Muniraju — and injured eight. The police have arrested nine persons so far, and four other accused died in an Army encounter in Jammu and Kashmir.
* Eight blasts shook the city on July 25 last year, between 1.30 pm and 2 pm
* All the blasts occurred on the roadside, from Madiwala check-post to Kengeri on Mysore Road
* An unexploded IED was found near The Forum mall in Koramangala on July 26 and diffused by a bomb disposal squad
* An explosion at Channapatna near Ramanagaram on July 24 came to light later. A large quantity of ammonium nitrate mixture was found in a steel trunk, along with detonators and a steel pipe, near a toy shop
* On July 26, 21 serial blasts in Ahmedabad killed 56 and injured 200. Twenty-eight IEDs were found in Surat on July 26 and 27
A police team comprising joint commissioner Gopal B Hosur, ACPs Jitendranath and Omkariah, inspectors Badrinath, Pooviah and others was in charge of the investigation. While Indian Mujahiddin (IM) had claimed responsibility for the blast in other places, there was no word on the Bangalore blasts. The only clue was the similarity between IEDs found in Surat and Bangalore. Interaction with police and investigation agencies revealed IM was not behind Bangalore blasts.
The breakthrough came when Mumbai police arrested some IM members in Mangalore, who spilled the beans about `Shahbuddin Gowri Brigade’, the name that was mentioned in IM’s e-mails. Besides, explosive material were sourced from Kerala.
Four persons from Kerala, who were killed in an Army encounter at Jammu and Kashmir, threw light on the case. Police recovered BMTC bus tickets from the deceased. They were found to have travelled frequently on a particular route on Hosur Road.
With the Kerala angle coming to fore, Bangalore police camped there for weeks and gathered information. They found Abdul Sattar of Mallapuram was the brain behind the microchip-based timer devices. Sattar had prepared the devices on the request of mastermind Riyaz Bhatkal for the Surat blasts, through an intermediary based outside the country.
After coming to know Sattar was hiding in Hyderabad, the city police, with the help of their Andhra Pradesh counterparts, nabbed him. Police also came to know Sattar had given shelter to Riyaz when he was in Hyderabad.
Kerala police had arrested five youths who were induced to go across the border for terrorist training. These were Abdul Jabbar, 35, Mujeeb, 26, Abdul Jaleel, 35, Faizal, 24 and Badruddin, 28. The city police took their custody from Kannur jail for interrogation.
During Sattar’s interrogation, the police learned he had met Bhatkal on April 13, 2008, at a hotel in Kuttipuram, Ernakulam. The room was booked by Sattar, stating the purpose as `meeting’. Here, they are said to have planned how to prepare micro-chip based timer devices to be used as IEDs.
Another accused Mujeeb was married and settled down in Bommasandra. When the blasts plan was finalized, the gang brought material like ammonium nitrate, nuts and bolts, printed circuit boards and tool wires from Kannur, and stored it at Mujeeb’s house. They had also purchased plastic and steel tiffin carriers, buckets, English newspaper bundles, empty plastic containers and a bag of cement. Flower pots were prepared using nuts and bolts as projectiles.
After the preparation of bombs, the gang conducted a recce on July 23 and 24 to select the places. They left for Kerala via Mysore.