BJP office was target of blast accused, says charge sheet

'Had hidden explosives in Erode panchayat office before bringing them to City'

BJP office was target of blast accused, says charge sheet

The accused in the blast that occurred in Malleswaram on April 17 this year had targeted the State BJP office to destabilise the previous government, the City police have said in the charge sheet filed before the First Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate here recently.

The accused saw Sangh Parivar and the BJP government in the State as conventional enemies of the Muslim community and hence targeted the state BJP office to destabilise the government, according to the charge sheet which was accessed by Deccan Herald.

The charge sheet states the accused were members of the proscribed terror outfit Al Ummah. Since it was a banned organisation, they were avoiding identifying themselves with it. They were presently associated with Charitable Trust for Minorities run by Kitchen Buhari, who has been named chief conspirator in the case.

The charge sheet states that on the instruction of Buhari, Paravai Basha, who is still at large, procured 20-30 kg of Ammonium Nitrate-based explosive gel and electrical detonators in three traveler bags and handed it over to Mohammed Salin who in turn gave it to Buhari.

The explosives were stored in the houses of some of the accused and later hidden for a few days at Satyamangalam panchayat office in Erode district in Tamil Nadu.

‘Police’ Fakruddin played a key role in storing the explosives at the office, which were later transported in an SUV  belonging to Buhari who was also in the vehicle. Panna Ismail, Fakruddin and Bilal Mallik prepared the live bomb  at a ‘secret place,’ hid it in a motorcycle and parked it in Malleswaram on the day of the incident.

In an earlier affidavit filed in the High Court, the police had stated that the bomber closely resembled Ismail, recently arrested by Tamil Nadu police. However, the charge sheet doesn’t identify the bomber by name.

The charge sheet alleges that Buhari paid Rs 50,000 each to Ismail and Fakruddin towards the furtherance of the conspiracy. It states that he paid Rs 25,000 to Suleiman alias Manbhai to buy the bike. With this money, Fakruddin and Mallik bought the bike for Rs 7,300 from Gopi, a mechanic in Vellore.

Stolen SIM card

The charge sheet also mentions that Buhari asked Basheer to steal a SIM card from a Hindu to mislead the police investigation. Thus, Basheer approached his co-brother Waheed, who stole a mobile phone belonging to Ragesh Nair on February 15, 2013, during a bus journey from Tirunelveli to Satyamangalam. Basheer handed over the SIM card to Buhari who in turn gave it to Fakruddin.

The City police have said Fakruddin, Ismail and Mallik, who have been listed as accused in the case, were recently arrested from Puttur in  Andhra Pradesh by the Tamil Nadu police.
A senior official said that investigation was pending against the remaining accused and they would file supplementary charge sheets in the case, once they are able to procure them.

Meanwhile, the police have discharged three of the arrested, Moiddeen, Saddam Hussein and Tenkasi Haneefa, from the charge sheet as they have found not much of evidence against them.

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