Mohammad Shareeq carried a fake Aadhaar card with a Hindu name when the cooker bomb exploded
Mangaluru Blast: After being summoned by the police department, the sister and aunt of the accused came down to Mangaluru, and police sources confirmed that they identified the terror suspect as Mohammad Shariq.
Mohammad Shareeq carried a fake Aadhaar card with a Hindu name when the cooker bomb exploded in an auto on Saturday. The police suspect that the accused in custody is a suicide bomber and carried the cooker bomb from Mysuru to Mangaluru city in a bus.
Meanwhile, the police sources explained that Mohammad Shariq and Coimbatore blast accused Jameesha Mubin knew each other. Shariq had met Mubin in Bengaluru and both planned to carry out explosions.
Shariq took the responsibility of carrying out blasts in communally sensitive coastal regions and Mubin went ahead with the Coimbatore blast. Karnataka Police teams are conducting raids on the residence of Shariq at his native place Soppugadde near Thirthahalli in Shivamogga. His relatives’ houses are also being raided.
Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu police are probing the connection between Mohammed Shariq with some operatives of the banned radical Islamist organization Popular Front of India (PFI) in Tamil Nadu.
Shariq was arrested and released on bail for writing threatening graffiti in Mangaluru city. After being released on bail, he was involved more in terrorist activities and upgraded himself to a bomb maker.
The incident of the explosion had taken place on November 19 on a busy road in Mangaluru city. The police soon confirmed that it is an act of terror intended to create subversive activity in the city.
Tamil Nadu Police and Central agencies are on high alert after the Mangaluru autorickshaw blast accused Mohammed Shariq revealed his Coimbatore connection. Shariq had stayed in Coimbatore for a few months and had procured a SIM card using the Aadhar details of Surendran, a private school teacher, and his roommate.
Coimbatore Police have tightened the security at all the check posts bordering Kerala and a heavy police posse is deployed at all the 11 check posts in Kerala, Tamil Nadu border in the Coimbatore area.
The Central agencies have also commenced a probe into the antecedents of the accused Mohammed Shariq and his contacts in Tamil Nadu.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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