Pune blast suspect held in Mangalore

He is believed to be involved in the February 13 terror plot which killed 17 people.
Abdul, who is believed to be related to terror outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM) founder Riyaz Bhatkal, was nabbed by ATS after he arrived from Dubai in the early hours of Monday.
“Abdul was arrested last night from Mangalore and has been brought to Mumbai this afternoon in connection with an arms seizure case of 2009,” the ATS chief Rakesh Maria said here.

Abdul is a close aide of the key conspirator Yasin Bhatkal. In August 2009, three persons were arrested from south Mumbai for possession of illegal firearms which, according to the ATS, were supplied by Abdul.
“In 2008, Abdul was picked up by Mangalore police for his alleged role in July 2008 blasts in Bangalore. However, he was let off due to lack of evidence after which he went to Dubai,” ATS officials said.

The ATS is also investigating whether Abdul was in any way involved in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, and prior to that, in the 11/7 Mumbai suburban train bombings.
Abdul was in Pakistan during the 26/11 attacks and later moved to Dubai, an official said.
Abdul is a member of the banned Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and IM.
He studied in Anjuman College in Bhatkal. His mother and  relatives still reside in Bhatkal. Speaking to Deccan Herald in Mangalore, DySP Dr Vedamurthy said: “We are waiting for further details.”
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