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Charge sheet filed against four Bhatkal aides in Karnataka

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Bengaluru: Karnataka Police on Tuesday filed a charge sheet against four people for their alleged link with terror outfit Indian Mujahideen and involvement in blasts across the country from 2010 to 2014 in collusion with terror suspects Bhatkal brothers.

The four — Syed Ismail Afaaque (36), Syed Suboor (24), Saddam Hussain (29) and Riyaz Ahmed Sayeedi (32) — were arrested on January 8 in Bengaluru.

“A charge sheet has also been filed against the Bhatkal brothers — Riyaz, Iqbal and Afeef — who are sheltered in Karachi, Pakistan, and Jainullabuddin and Sameer, who are at large, as absconding accused,” an investigation officer told IANS.

A huge quantity of electronic detonators, gelatin sticks, ammonium nitrate, jihadi literature and posters and circuit boards for triggering blasts were also seized from the hideouts of the accused in Bengaluru and in Bhatkal town on the state’s west coast, about 500 km from Bengaluru.

“The accused were in regular contact with the Bhatkal brothers, the founding members of the IM, set up to indulge in terror activities, including bomb blasts at public places in prominent cities like Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune and Mumbai,” the official said.

The massive charge sheet, running into 1,700 pages in three volumes, also has submissions made by 123 witnesses and circumstantial evidence as part of the probe.

“Identity of key witnesses, however, has been kept confidential to safeguard their life and privacy,” the official noted.

According to the charge sheet, the main accused Afaaque, married to a Pakistani woman, went to Karachi on the pretext of visiting his in-laws and met the Bhatkal brothers, hiding in Sindh province’s port city.

“They discussed providing logistics to carry out blasts in various parts of India. Afaaque trained in using various weapons, including fire arms and assembling improvised explosive devices (IED) in bombs,” the officer said.

(IANS)

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Permission made mandatory for paragliding schools in Goa

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Panaji: In view of aerial terror challenges and intelligence inputs on militancy threats to India, the district magistrate of North Goa on Saturday passed an order making state and central permissions mandatory for paragliding training.

The order noted that such training could be linked with terrorist outfits and other anti-social elements.

The order comes following the revelation that Syed Ashfaque, an alleged Indian Mujahideen operative, undertook a five-day paragliding course in North Goa’s Arambol village, 40-km from Panaji. Ashfaque was arrested by Bengaluru police in connection with a terror plot earlier this year. He revealed during his interrogation that he enrolled for the training course in November 2013.

Saturday’s order made it mandatory for paragliding school to get permissions from a host of government departments including the director of tourism, Panaji, sub-divisional magistrate of the area, the Director General of Civil Aviation and the Air Traffic Controller, Dabolim.

The order says that local police should also be apprised of the name and address of the paragliding trainer and the trainees along with the complete training schedule.

(With inputs from IANS)