Karnataka: Special team to investigate terror links

The Karnataka crime branch yesterday set up a special team to investigate the terror links of a dozen youths arrested this week and unravel their plans to carry deadly attacks in the state with support from banned outfits LeT and HuJi.

“We have formed a special investigation team to crack the case registered against the 12 suspects arrested and unravel their plans to carry out terror attacks in the state on the basis of evidence collected through preliminary interrogation and incriminating materials seized from them so far,” said Bangalore Police Commissioner, Jyotiprakash Mirji.

The crime branch sleuths picked up the terror suspects — 11 from Bangalore and Hubli in Karnataka on Wednesday and one from Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh on Friday.

A 7.65mm pistol, seven cartridges, 16 mobile handsets, eight SIM cards, three pen drives, four ATMs, seven laptops and one bike were recovered from them and their hideouts in the state.

“In addition to arms and ammunition, incriminating materials, including jehadi literature, two maps of Chennai and India, a map of Iran, Urdu newspaper cuttings and religious books were seized in Bangalore and Hubli,” Mirji said a day after the families of the accused cried foul over the dramatic arrest of their relatives, including sons and brothers.

As part of the investigation, the seized material has been sent to forensic analysis for further evidence and in support of the confessional statements they had made during the interrogation.

“We have learnt from some of the accused that Rehman was plotting to assassinate a prominent leader of a Hindu organisation in Hyderabad and two corporators of Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) in the city.

“They have also plotted to attack vital installations such as the Kaiga nuclear power plant (about 500 km from Bangalore) and the Sea Bird naval base at Karwar (in Uttara Kannada district on the west coast of the state),” Mirji revealed.

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