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NIA interrogates BJP worker in Thirthahalli in Bengaluru Rameshwaram Cafe blast case

The NIA has taken Sai Prasad, a BJP activist for questioning in connection with the Rameshwaram Cafe blast. Investigation reveals links to suspects in Thirthahalli and Chikkamagaluru. The alleged mastermind's mother was aided by a police inspector. Suspected ISIS militants in Tamil Nadu were implicated. Crude bomb assembled with easily accessible materials. CCTV footage implicates a suspect from Tamil Nadu.

NIA detains BJP worker in Thirthahalli in Bengaluru Rameshwaram Cafe blast case vkp
First Published Apr 5, 2024, 3:28 PM IST

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has taken Sai Prasad, a BJP activist from Thirthahalli, Shivamogga district for questioning in the investigation of the Rameshwaram Cafe blast case in Bengaluru. This detention comes as the NIA intensifies its probe into the incident, uncovering potential links to suspected terrorists and revealing startling details about the plot. 

Sai Prasad, hailing from Thirthahalli in Shivamogga district, was taken into custody by NIA officials for interrogation. The agency's scrutiny of the case has led them to Thirthahalli, where they previously conducted raids on the residences of two Muslim youths and a mobile shop owner. It has now emerged that Sai Prasad had contact with these individuals, prompting his arrest for further questioning.

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Meanwhile, startling revelations have surfaced regarding the facilitation of the plot. It has been disclosed that a police inspector in Chikkamagaluru assisted the mother of the main conspirator in securing a rented house. Muzzamil Shareef, the alleged mastermind behind the cafe blast, originally from Kalasa, relocated his mother to Chikkamagaluru, with the assistance of the inspector. This revelation has raised suspicions, leading the NIA to issue a notice to CPI amid speculations of their involvement.

Furthermore, the NIA has unearthed potential links to suspected ISIS militants in Tamil Nadu, shedding light on the origins of the explosive device used in the attack. Absconding terrorists Mussavir Hussain Shazib and Abdul Mateen Taahaa believed to have taken refuge in Tamil Nadu, are under scrutiny for their involvement in the incident. Investigations suggest that a crude bomb, crafted using commonly available materials such as nuts, bolts, electric circuits, and ammonium nitrate, may have been assembled in the Krishnagiri forest area before the attack.

According to the NIA, an unexpected revelation has emerged from the wanted list released by the agency, indicating that one of the suspects, Abdul Mateen Ahmed Taahaa, was identified as a Hindu youth. Mussavvir Hussain Shazib is suspected of carrying a fake driving license under the name of Muhammad Junaid Syed. The agency has revealed that both suspects are resorting to disguises, including wigs and fake beards, in an attempt to conceal their identities.

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Sources indicate that Mussavir Hussain Shazib arrived at the Rameshwaram Cafe from Tamil Nadu, disembarking at Silk Board Junction and commuting via BMTC bus to the target location. CCTV footage from the bus route has corroborated this sequence of events, providing crucial evidence for the investigation.

The crude bomb used in the attack, composed of readily accessible components including an electric circuit board, points to a low-cost operation estimated between 5 to 10 thousand rupees. This revelation underscores the devastating potential of the improvised explosive device (IED) utilized in the tragic incident.

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