mangaluru: Mangaluru blast an act of terror: Karnataka police


The Karnataka Police said Saturday’s low-intensity blast in an autorickshaw in Mangaluru was an “act of terror” and they have identified a 24-year-old man as the accused.

Mohammed Shariq, the accused who hails from Thirthahalli in Shivamogga district, has been on the run since September as police have been looking for him for alleged links with a terror outfit, they said.

“It’s confirmed now. The blast is not accidental but an ACT OF TERROR with intention to cause serious damage,” Karnataka director general of police Praveen Sood tweeted on Sunday, adding: “Karnataka State Police is probing deep into it along with central agencies.”

The auto driver and a passenger sustained injuries and were admitted to a hospital. A cooker fitted with a detonator, wires and batteries were found from the explosion site during the investigation.
Officials in the know said the suspect had obtained a mobile SIM card using a fake Aadhaar card, which was also found from the site. He was using the SIM everywhere, they added.

“Shariq was carrying an Aadhar card in the name of Premraj Kanogi, a man from Hubbali,” said one of the officials.

Five teams have been dispatched to different locations including Coimbatore to investigate the case. Police suspect that the accused has links with those who had carried out a car blast in Coimbatore in October ahead of Diwali. That case is being probed by the National Investigation Agency. An NIA team is also likely to visit Mangaluru and take up the investigation.

The state police has intensified vehicle checks on the outskirts of Coimbatore, particularly those coming from Karnataka on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border at Anaikatty and Mangarai.


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