Wed, Aug 29 : Two crack teams simultaneously swoop down on a Bangalore house, and homes of 5 suspects in Hubli. In all, take 11 youths into custody. Hubli team returns to Bangalore
Thu, Aug 30 : 11 youths remanded to police custody, charged with criminal conspiracy. Police claim the cell planned to eliminate two journalists, a publisher and MLAs and MPs of Karnataka
Fri, Aug 31 : Probe continues, teams search houses in Bangalore and Hubli. State govt seeks Interpol help to probe suspects’ conversations and video calls. Four arrested in Nanded (Maharashtra), one in Hyderabad
Sat, Sept 1 : Special police team formed to probe the antecedents and activities of the accused youths.
Intelligence Bureau to provide inputs on ISI angle. Seized gadgets sent to forensic lab
During their interrogation, the 11 terror accused are said to have informed police they wanted to carry out blasts during the Ganesha festival in Hubli. For this, they stole a car and two motorcycles in Bangalore.
“They wanted to plant bombs mainly in Durgadbail, around 2km from the Hubli main bus stand. Lakhs of devotees gather there during the Ganesha festival. The crowd swells during immersion,” highly placed police sources said.
The accused wanted to fix bombs to the stolen vehicles and create havoc on September 19, sources said.
According to the sources, Shoaib Ahmed Mirza, an expert bomb-maker, was to provide the explosives. He is a final-year MCA student of Al-Ameen College. “We suspect Shoaib met top HuJI operative Shahid Bilal in Dubai around 2005. He stayed with Bilal for almost a year and trained in terror activities.”
Bangalore police were tipped off about the alleged terror module by a rowdy arrested in Hyderabad. Acting on the clues, police intercepted mobile calls and zeroed in on the 11 terror suspects in Bangalore and Hubli