Bangalore August 30: Nine people have been arrested in Hubli and Bangalore in Karnataka for allegedly having links with banned terrorist outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM).
The Bangalore Central Crime Branch (CCB) have arrested 10 terror suspects linked with Indian Mujahideen terror outfit, including a journalist from a popular English Daily. Muti-ur- Rehman Siddqui (25), a crime reporter, has been arrested by the CCB team along with 9 other accused. 5 of them were picked from Bangalore and others were arrested from Hubli. Others have been identified as Imran Bahadduri, Dr Zakir Husain Sheik, Wahid Husain Kanakkanavara and Jafar Iqbal Sollapuri allaged between 26 years to 30 years are residents of Hubli.
Another accused Akram alias Chotu (28) is from Bangalore, who along with Siddiqui planned to assassinate a pro-Hindu columnist in a popular Kannada daily, a senior police officer said. The accused also planned a terror attack in the IT city. Akram was trained in Pakistan by the ISI and he has direct contacts with Riaz Bhatkal and other cadre of LeT and IM in Pakistan and Dubai, the officer added. A senior police officer told HT that CCB has picked up more than 10 youths and they are verifying the facts. If their involvement in the terror activities is confirmed, they will be booked, he said. All accused are now being interrogated by CCB. IB sleuths and UP police are also in Bangalore for the interrogation.
Four people were said to have links with Indian Mujahideen and were reportedly involved in the 2010 Chinnaswamy Stadium blast case.
Fifteen people were injured when two bombs exploded at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on April 18, 2010 on the eve of the Bangalore-Mumbai IPL semifinal match.