K'taka terror link: Police conjures to nab SIMI Chief

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Hubli, Karnataka, Feb 5: The Karnataka Police is searching for the Chief of Bijapur Unit of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) identified as Adnan, also said to be the chief operator coordinating terror activities in the State. The CoD sleuths questioning Mohammad Asif, a medical student arrested in the city last week, found that Adnan was directing the terror activities.

Asif had also told the police that he was the main operative of SIMI in the city, police said. Police have now spread wings to places where Adnan had visited in the State. He was also said to have been collecting funds for SIMI from businessmen in Bijapur. Asif was arrested a week after two suspected LeT operatives -- Riyazuddin alias Mohammad Ghouse of Hyderabad and Asadullah of Hospet were nabbed in Davangere District while riding a stolen motor cycle. Following questioning, the duo had revealed their connection with the terror outfit and their stay with Asif during their visit to the city. The CoD who took over the investigation on Sunday, brought the duo to the city today and continued the interrogation in an undisclosed location.

Meanwhile, the JMFC Court at Honnali in Davangere District, where the two LeT suspects were nabbed, today granted permission to CoD to conduct narcoanalysis tests and brain mapping of the arrested. Magistrate B N Jinaralkar allowed CoD to take the two to Bangalore where they would be subjected to the tests by the experts of National Forensic Laboratories. Police had sought dates with NFL and the tests were likely to be held later this week, sources said.

UNI

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