2 students with alleged terrorist link expelled from hostel

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Hubli, Jan 29 (UNI) Two medical students were expelled from their hostels by college authorities following their arrest and suspected connection with terrorist outfits Laskhar-e-toiba and Simi.

Authorities of Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences and Ayurvedic College expelled Asif, a final MBBS student and Asadulla, a second year student, from their hostels.

One of the students was arrested from Honnali police station limits of Davangere district while he was riding a motorbike along with one Gous, said to be a cook and allegedly having links with terrorist organizations. He was held recently for allegedly stealing two wheelers.

Police also recovered incriminating documents from Gous.

The documents included a map of South India, a few American dollars and a knife. On interrogation, one of the arrested mentioned Asif's name.

Police raided his hostel room here and found some religious books. Following this incident, rumors emanated in the twin cities that the trio had planned to blast Hubli airport. This also appeared in a section of the press.

Airport authorities here also confirmed that they had received instructions to be alert between January 25 and 30 following suspicion that the airport would be blasted on January 26, the Republic Day.

Commissioner of police Narayan Nadamani, who confirmed the arrests, however, said the two students were innocent till the investigation was completed. They were mere two wheeler lifters for joy.

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