When Habib Miyan an accused in the Indian Institute of Science terror attack at Bengaluru was produced before a court at Agartala, there was palpable tension. Scores of people had gathered in protest outside the court premises to ask the police why their favourite handyman was being taken away.
Miyan was a popular handyman at Jogender Nagar in Agartala. His services as a plumber were an instant hit with the locals. On the day he was produced before the court, at least 60 residents of the area landed up and demanded answers from the police.
The Bengaluru police which was seeking a transit remand was taken aback. Finally, it was the Triupura police who showed the relevant documents to the mob. The tension was defused and Miyan's transit remand was granted.
Miyan is the seventh accused in the 2005 IISC case in which one person died. The Bengaluru police say that investigations led them up to Miyan. He had a valid voter's identification card. He is also said to have a close connection to Bangladesh as his grandmother hailed from that country.