Arrested SIMI activist got training in Pak: Sources

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Davangere, Karnataka, Jan 28 (UNI) The person who was allegedly behind the Hyderabad Mecca Masjid blasts in which 14 people were killed and 40 injured was recently arrested, was found to be a member of the banned SIMI and had allegedly undergone training in Pakistan to carry out disruptive activities in the country, police said today.

Riyazuddin of Hyderabad and Asadullah of Hospet who were caught in a two-weeler theft case, were being grilled by sleuths belonging to the Intelligence Unit from Bangalore and a police official from Hyderabad for the last three days.

Sources in Intelligence Department said Riyazuddin had revealed his connection with the banned outfit and his travel to Pakistan.

The town police who visited Hyderabad after the arrest reportedly acquired vital information on Riyazuddin undergoing training in Pakistan.

Sources said Riyazuddin was the son of Mohammad Nasruddin, the prime suspect in the killing of former Gujarat Home Minister Hiren Pandya and lodged in the Tihar Jail at present.

Meanwhile Anti Terrorist Cell IGP M K Nagaraj arrived in the town to join the interrogation team.

The local police were not present When Mr Nagaraj questioned the accused, the sources added.

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