A person who was carrying a crude bomb that exploded in an autorickshaw in Karnataka’s Mangaluru final Saturday was to focus on the well-known Manjunath Temple in Kadri, based on “a letter claiming duty”, sources within the police as we speak mentioned. The letter, which is being verified, is on a letterhead of a bunch that calls itself ‘Islamic Resistance Council’, which the police mentioned they hadn’t heard of thus far.
Treating the blast as “an act of terror”, police have arrested the accused, Shareeq, 29, who was injured within the blast and stays in hospital.
The blast befell within the communally charged coastal city of Mangaluru, 370 km from state capital Bengaluru, months forward of the state meeting elections.
The letter, which additionally carries a risk to senior police officer Alok Kumar, was acquired by the Intelligence Division, police mentioned.
“It’s not clear the place the letter got here from. The identify of this organisation got here to the fore for the primary time. We’re investigating if the letter is even genuine,” mentioned a supply.
Typed in English and printed with Shareeq’s picture, it says he “tried to assault the Hindutva Temple in Kadri, a bastion of the Saffron terrorists in Mangalore”.
It seeks to justify the try: “We’re solely retaliating as a result of an open battle has been declared upon us, as a result of mob lynching has grow to be a norm, as a result of oppressive legal guidelines and legislations are handed to suppress us and intrude in our faith, as a result of our innocents are languishing in prisons, as a result of public areas as we speak reverberate with calls of our genocide, and since as Muslims now we have been commanded to wage jihad when confronted with mischief and oppression.”
Police have mentioned Shareeq, who allegedly had tried to make a bomb in September too, was carrying a low-intensity Improvised Explosive gadget or IED. A burnt stress cooker fitted with batteries was discovered contained in the auto. The driving force suffered accidents too.
Having discovered a stolen Aadhaar card that Shareeq was allegedly carrying, police mentioned it gave them “a good concept that he was planning to focus on one thing, however we do not know what”. He’s from Karnataka and had travelled outdoors the state over the previous few months.
“He had not too long ago travelled to Coimbatore and elements of Tamil Nadu,” the state police chief has mentioned.
Central businesses are working with the state police within the probe.
To this point, the police have carried out searches at 5 locations throughout Karnataka, together with his house in Mysuru from the place supplies used to make bombs have been seized.
“Shareeq was pushed by ISIS (terror group) ideology and made a bomb at his house. On September 19, Shareeq together with two different accomplices carried out a trial blast in a forest on the banks of a river in Shivamogga,” a police officer mentioned. These two accomplices have been arrested the subsequent day however Shareeq managed to flee and took the Mysuru home on lease after exhibiting the stolen Aadhaar card, and continued to make a bomb, police have alleged.
“We aren’t ruling out a reference to the latest Coimbatore blast (in Tamil Nadu),” mentioned state police chief Praveen Sood. This reference to the case within the neighbouring state has been drawn by BJP ministers in Karnataka and celebration leaders in Tamil Nadu too. That blast close to a temple final month killed Jameza Mubin, a 25-year-old man who’d been questioned by the central anti-terror company over alleged ISIS hyperlinks in 2019.
Shareeq was additionally booked below the Illegal Actions (Prevention) Act or UAPA for graffiti on partitions in Mangaluru, the police mentioned.
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