CoD team takes Kamukutty to 'terror camp' area

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Hubli, Feb 24 (UNI) Mohammad Yahya Kamukutty, the suspected SIMI kingpin in Karnataka, who was nabbed on Thursday, has revealed that he had master-minded the activities of the banned organisation across the State.

CoD sleuths today took Kamukutty, medicos Mohammad Asif and Shakeel Mali, arrested earlier in connection with the case, to the forests near Castle Rock on Karnataka-Goa border where the accused had allegedly conducted meetings of SIMI.

The CoD team also reportedly tried to unearth a cache of arms and ammunition sent to the city and other places and stashed at some place in the forest area coming under Western Ghats.

Kamukutty was arrested based on the information provided by Asif, who was arrested in the city early this month, which brought to light the terror network having links with the terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba. Asif was nabbed following the arrest of two suspected LeT operatives Riyazuddin Naser of Hyderabad and Asadulla Abubaker of Hospet in Davangere district in January.

Sources said that during interrogation, Kamukutty had admitted to leading SIMI activities in Karnataka and regularly visiting Bijapur, Hubli and Belgaum. The investigating team had got some vital clues from him that might lead to the arrest of more people allegedly groomed by him to carry out terror activities in the State.

The CoD police also reportedly managed to get some mobile numbers to which Kamukutty had called regularly and sent messages. The CoD also plans to visit Kerala in the wake of certain revelations made by him regarding SIMI-led terrorist activities.

A police team from Kerala was expected to arrive in Karnataka to interrogate Kamukutty on whether he had groomed any terror network in that State.

Meanwhile, the bail application moved by Asif before the First JMFC court would come up for hearing here tomorrow.


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