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 responsibility”, sources within the police at this time mentioned. The letter, which is being verified, is on a letterhead of a gaggle that calls itself ‘Islamic Resistance Council’, which the police mentioned they hadn’t heard of to date.
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 happened 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 menace to senior police officer Alok Kumar, was obtained by the Intelligence Department, police mentioned.
“It is not clear where the letter came from. The name of this organisation came to the fore for the first time. We are investigating if the letter is even authentic,” mentioned a supply.
Typed in English and printed with Shareeq’s photograph, it says he “attempted to attack the Hindutva Temple in Kadri, a bastion of the Saffron terrorists in Mangalore”.
It seeks to justify the try: “We are only retaliating because an open war has been declared upon us, because mob lynching has become a norm, because oppressive laws and legislations are passed to suppress us and interfere in our religion, because our innocents are languishing in prisons, because public spaces today reverberate with calls of our genocide, and because as Muslims we have been commanded to wage jihad when faced 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 system or IED. A burnt stress cooker fitted with batteries was discovered contained in the auto. The driver suffered accidents too.
Having discovered a stolen Aadhaar card that Shareeq was allegedly carrying, police mentioned it gave them “a fair idea that he was planning to target something, but we don’t know what”. He is from Karnataka and had travelled outdoors the state over the previous couple of months.
“He had recently travelled to Coimbatore and parts of Tamil Nadu,” the state police chief has mentioned.
Central companies are working with the state police within the probe.
So far, the police have performed searches at 5 locations throughout Karnataka, together with his dwelling in Mysuru from the place supplies used to make bombs have been seized.
“Shareeq was driven by ISIS (terror group) ideology and made a bomb at his home. On September 19, Shareeq along with two other accomplices carried out a trial blast in a forest on the banks of a river in Shivamogga,” a police officer mentioned. Those two accomplices have been arrested the subsequent day however Shareeq managed to flee and took the Mysuru home on hire after displaying the stolen Aadhaar card, and continued to make a bomb, police have alleged.
“We are not ruling out a connection with the recent 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 get together 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 underneath the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act or UAPA for graffiti on partitions in Mangaluru, the police mentioned.
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