Bangalore Police to interrogate Pune blast accused, aide

The ATS had earlier questioned Baig (29) and Shaikh Lalbaba Mohammed Hussain alias Bilal (27), two alleged LeT operatives held last week from Pune and Nashik respectively, with regards to the blasts in Bangalore's M Chinnaswamy Stadium but nothing substantial was found, they said.

While Baig was held for the Pune blast, Shaikh, who was constantly in touch with him and allegedly provided him logistical support, was held under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act on charges of preparing to carry out terror attacks, the ATS said.
"Bangalore police will come to Mumbai in the coming few days to question the two. They may ask the two various questioning depending upon their requirement including about M Chinnaswamy Stadium's blast this year," a senior ATS official said.

"There is no clear evidence to link them with Bangalore blast. But going by circumstantial evidence, we suspect their role in the blasts," the official said.
The M Chinnaswamy Stadium was rocked by two low intensity bomb blasts on April 17, an hour before the start of the IPL match between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers, Bangalore. Eleven people were injured in the blast.
One of the two terror suspects was believed to be present in Bangalore around the time of the stadium blasts, the official said.

The investigators claimed they had information that one of them had lived in apartments in the upmarket localities of Benson Town and Frazer Town in the vicinity of the stadium, but the verification was underway.

Several senior ATS officials of different states had also come and questioned the two, the official said refusing to divulge details about these teams.
Baig, head of LeT's Maharashtra module and mastermind of Pune blast, and his aide Bilal also had plans to carry out terror attacks on Army's Deolali camp, Maharashtra Police Academy and Police Commissionerate in Nashik, the ATS claimed.
According to the ATS, Bilal had visited LeT camps in Pakistan between January 2008 and early 2010 where he received advanced training in use of sophisticated weapons and making bombs. He had sneaked into India thrice during the period through the Bangladesh and Nepal borders.

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