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Vehicle used by Nazeer ahead of Bangalore blasts seized

Last Updated: Sunday, December 13, 2009 - 12:55

Kochi: The vehicle used by T Nazeer, the arrested South India chief of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba who is blamed for the 2008 serial blasts in Bangalore, has been seized here, police said Sunday.

The joint investigation team of the Karnataka and Kerala police that is probing the 2008 bomb blasts in Bangalore has seized the vehicle Nazeer travelled in and have found other vital links and clues as well, Inspector General of Police Tomin J Thachenkeri said.

"The investigation is going on in the right direction and the two arrested would be in Kerala for a few more days and then they would be taken back to Bangalore. After that the Kerala Police will seek their custody," said Thachenkeri, who is heading the Kerala team.

Nazeer and his relative Shafas were picked up near the Meghalaya border early this month. He was brought to Bangalore after he apparently confessed that he was behind the attacks in the IT city.

On being questioned by the police in Bangalore, Nazeer admitted that the entire planning for the Bangalore blast took place in Kerala and the explosives used to make the bomb was stolen from a shop near Aluva near here.

The police have so far picked up eight people from various parts of Kerala for their alleged links with Nazeer. Ali Kadampuzha, a high-level party functionary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by Abdul Nasir Maudany, was taken into custody Saturday night.

Nazeer had admitted to having close links with Maudany`s wife Sufiya.

Early this week, police in Kochi named Sufiya as the 10th accused in the 2005 Kalamassery bus burning incident, in which Nazeer is also an accused.

Her anticipatory bail plea comes up at the Kerala High Court Monday.

"If she is an accused, she would be certainly arrested," said Thachenkeri.

Maudany and his wife are now at his residence near Kollam and his close aides say they won`t allow their leader to be taken away anywhere for questioning.


First Published: Sunday, December 13, 2009 - 12:55
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