Andhra hands over terror suspect to Bangalore police

January 21st, 2009 - 11:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Hyderabad, Jan 21 (IANS) The Andhra Pradesh police Wednesday handed over terror suspect Abdul Sattar, a native of Kerala, to the Bangalore police that are investigating the bomb blasts in that city.Sattar, 57, a suspected key operative of the Indian Mujahideen, was produced in a city court, which remanded him to the custody of the Bangalore police for 14 days.

Sattar, a radio mechanic who is allegedly an expert in making bomb circuits, was arrested by the police forces of Andhra Pradesh and Kerala in a joint operation here Monday.

A native of Mallapuram in Kerala, he had allegedly designed electric circuit chips used in the bombs in Bangalore, Surat and Hyderabad.

One person was killed and eight were injured in eight bomb blasts in Bangalore in July last year.

The police said Sattar was part of the ’southern brigade’ formed by Indian Mujahideen and was wanted for terror activities in Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Gujarat and other states. The police said he was also recruiting youth and sending them across to Pakistan for training.

He had close links with Riyaz Bhatkal, wanted by the Hyderabad police in connection with the blasts of Aug 25, 2007. Over 50 people were killed in the near simultaneous blasts in a public park and a popular eatery.

Sattar was absconding since November after his cousin Abdul Jabbar was arrested here by the Kerala police. Their names cropped up in the investigations after the killing of four Kerala youths by police in a shootout in Kashmir.

Abdul Raheem Aftab, one of the militants killed in the shootout, was Sattar’s son-in-law, the police said.

The police also said that Sattar was involved in extremist activities in Kerala since 1995 when he along with others plotted to kill then Kerala chief minister E.K. Nayanar.

After the plot was busted by the police, he fled to Hyderabad and was staying in different localities in the city. Already married in Kerala, he married again in Hyderabad, has two children with the second wife.

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