IM operative involved in Stadium blasts apprehende
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Last Updated: Thursday, April 12, 2012, 20:40
Bangalore: An Indian Mujahideen operative, allegedly involved in the blasts at Chinnaswamy cricket stadium two years ago that left 15 persons injured, has been arrested, police said on Thursday.

The arrest of 24-year-old Kamal Hassan, alias Bilal, in Kolkota on April 10 came during a manhunt to nab blast mastermind Yasin Bhatkal, City Police Commissioner Jyothiprakash Mirji said in a statement here.

Two low-intensity explosions near a packed Chinnaswamy cricket stadium less than an hour before an IPL match left 15 persons, including five security men injured.

Hassan, a native of Bihar, was brought to Bangalore and produced before the jurisdictional magistrate which remanded him to police custody, Mirji said.

Hassan is a member of Indian Mujahideen’s Bihar cell and a close associate of Bhatkal who is in charge of IM's urban operations in India.

He was part of the conspiracy hatched in Bihar and Delhi in 2009 of which the Chinnaswamy Stadium blasts on April 17, 2010, was a part, the Commissioner said.

Hassan was indoctrinated to Jihadi activities by Bhatkal and tasked with looking for hideouts in Bihar and Delhi for all IM operatives involved in the stadium blasts and the terror attack at Jama Masjid in Delhi on Sept 19 2010, he said.

Being an expert in preparing ammunition/cartridges used in firearms, he worked in the weapons factory of Bhatkal's father-in-law in Delhi on his instructions.

Hassan's movement, along with that of Bhatkal, was noticed in Bihar, Kolkata, Nepal, Maharastra, Mumbai, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and other places. Efforts are on to apprehend Bhatkal, Mirji said.


First Published: Thursday, April 12, 2012, 20:40

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