Bengaluru: The sketch of the prime accused in the Church Street blast, which the City police had shared with anti-terror squads of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Delhi, has reportedly not matched with any of the five SIMI fugitives, who are reportedly the prime suspects.
“The sketch is not clear and it is difficult to make out the profile of the person. It doesn’t match with any of the five SIMI suspects,” said an ATS officer.
But the city police are intensifying the search for the five suspects of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), known as Faisal’s gang, who are emerging as the “prime suspects” in the December 28 blast, which claimed an innocent life and seriously injured three others with shrapnel inside their bodies.
According to official sources, the Central Crime Branch of the city police, which is investigating the terror attack, has sought the dossier on the five SIMI suspects, who had escaped from the Khandwa prison in Madhya Pradesh in October 2013 from the MP Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS), and has sent a team to Bhopal Central Prison to interrogate their mentor Abu Faisal alias doctor, who was arrested soon after the jailbreak and remanded in judicial custody.
This is the second terror attack in the city, which is reportedly executed by the five fugitive terror suspects Aizazuddin alias Aizaz Mohammed Azizuddin, Zakir Hussain alias Sadiq Badrul Hussain, Mehboob alias Guddu Ismail Khan, Aslam Ayub Khan and Amzad Ramzan Khan in a span of six months.
“They had planted the improvised explosive device (IED) in the Bangalore-Guwahati Express in Bengaluru, which detonated soon after the train, which was running 90 minutes late arrived in Chennai. The Church Street blast was their second attack,” said an official source.
Faisal reportedly has a wide terror network, from Zia ur Rahman alias Waqas a Pakistani national, who is reportedly a key member of the Indian Mujahideen and responsible for terror attacks in the country since 2010, to Haider, who is the key accused in the 2013 Patna rally blast, which was targeted at then Gujarat chief minister and present Prime Minister Narendra Modi.