The joint team led by Mr A M Prasad, IGP, Western Range cordoned a house at Mukkacherry on Ullal-Someshwar Road, took two suspected terrorists into custody. Based on the information provided by them, three more persons have also been taken into custody and were taken to an undisclosed location for further investigation. Mr. Prasad told sources here on Friday, Oct 3 the names and other details could not be disclosed at present as it would hamper the investigation. Mr. Prasad said further details could be given only after the completion of interrogation. However, he said that all the detained were locals. The police during the operation on searching a house also seized five crude bombs, mobile timer and ammonium nitrate suspected to be planned for using to blast in Mangalore.
During the operation, the police have also believed to have seized a map of Mangalore containing the details of key installations and other locations.
150 police personnel with bullet proof jackets have been in action. The house from where the duo has been detained was located near a Masjid. The police, during the operation which went for about two hours, prevented the Muslims by going near the Masjid. The eye-witness said that one among the detained was aged about 15 years.
Meanwhile, the locals at the famous shrine of Kukke Subramanya in Daxina Kannada district last night caught a person on suspicion and handed over to the local police. On inquiry, it was found that he was a mentally disordered person from Chennagiri Taluk in Davanagere district. The person who was identified as Mohammed Ul- Hameed was found reading Khuraan at a choultry near the temple premises. He was believed to seen in Subramanya since September 29. However, had been sent out by the locals from Savanoor Kora in Puttur taluk where he was staying at a Masjid.
Mr. Prasad, however, clarified that on enquiry, the police have found that the person caught by the locals was nothing to do with any terrorist activity.