Mumbai ATS grills Baig, Bilal for B'lore blasts

Chinnaswamy stadium was rocked by two bomb blasts on April 17

The two operatives are Mirza Himayat Baig, 29, who is believed to be incharge of the terror outfit’s operations in Maharashtra, and his aide Shaikh Lalbaba Mohammed Hussain alias Bilal, 27. While Baig was arrested from Pune, Bilal was picked up from Nashik.

Baig is held for the bombing of German Bakery in Pune on February 13 this year, which left 17 youth, including foreigners, dead. Baig is suspected to have planted the bomb along with an absconding suspect Mohammad Yasin, who hails from Bhatkal town in Karnataka.

Shaikh, who was constantly in touch with Baig and provided him logistical support, is held under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Both were brought to Mumbai for questioning by the ATS.

“We suspect their role in the Bangalore blasts as well. We questioned them regarding these blasts too,” a senior ATS official said. He, however, added that as of now, “nothing substantial was found to link them to these blasts. Our focus now is to know the operations of the LeT and its network in the country.”

Bangalore’s Chinnaswamy stadium was rocked by two low intensity bomb blasts on April 17 just an hour before the Indian Premier League match between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers of Bangalore was scheduled to start. Eleven people were injured in the blast.

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