Sleuths grill 'SIMI activist' arrested in K'taka

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Davangere, Karnataka, Jan 27: The Central Intelligence unit Officials of Karnataka have subjected the two persons arrested on charges of two-wheeler thefts in Honnali town in this district last week on their suspected involvement in disruptive activities and their allegiance to banned organisation SIMI.

Riyazuddin of Hyderabad and Asadullah of Hospet in the State were arrested with the two-wheeler they had allegedly stolen from Goa on February eleven. After the people of the town caught them while they were allegedly trying to dispose off the original number plates, police arrested them and were remanded to judicial custody.

Police who suspected foul play after the addresses they had provided were proved wrong, took them to custody after seeking special permission from a Magistrate on the Republic Day.

Top intelligence sources said Riyazuddin alias Rasadullah Nazir had revealed information leading to his ties with SIMI and his alleged involvement in the disturbances that followed the protests against the gujarat police in Hyderabad during 2004 and the recent Mecca Masjid blasts in the same city.

Following this a police official had arrived from Hyderabad and along with the Central intelligence officials interrogated the two arrested.

After the arrest police had found 205 US Dollars, a dagger and maps of important places in Goa and other places in South India from the duo.

The top brass of the city police initially insisted than the two were mere two-wheeler lifters and were not connected to any terror outfits.

However according top intelligence sources Riyazuddin's father Mohammad Nasruddin had been found to be the prime suspect behind the killing of former Gujarat Home Ninister Hiren Pandya and was behind the bars in Tihar jail in Delhi at at present. Riyazuddin's three accomplices had been jailed for their alleged involvement in recent Hyderabad bomb blasts, the sources said.

Riyazuddin had gone underground after the Hyderabad Masjid blasts and arrived in Hubli and was ultimately nabbed in Honnali.

UNI

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