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May 08, 2012 at 07:19pm IST

Bangalore: Two LeT, IM terrorists arrested

Bangalore: In a major breakthrough, Crime Branch officials on Tuesday arrested two terrorists belonging to terror outfits Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and the Indian Mujahideen (IM) in Bangalore.

The two suspected terrorists have been identified as Mohd Kafil Akhtar and Syyed Abdul Rehman. The former belongs to the IM and is wanted in the M Chinnaswamy cricket stadium blasts case of April 2010 in Bangalore, while the latter is said to be a top LeT commander.

The two are being interrogated by the Crime Branch officials to further ascertain their future plans.

On April 17, 2010, two low-intensity explosions outside a packed M Chinnaswamy cricket stadium less than an hour before an IPL match left at least 15 persons, including five security men, injured.

"Kafil Akhtar belongs to Darbhanga in Bihar while Rehman was arrested in Bangalore on May 7. Only one pistol has been recovered so far from the duo," said B Dayanand, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), Bangalore City.

"Akhtar was involved in planning and procuring materials to carry out the stadium blasts. He is yet to be brought to Bangalore. We will interrogate him further once we get police custody," he added.

Regarding Rehman, the JCP said, "He was in touch with terror groups and LeT leaders in Pakistan. He was planning to visit Pakistan for further training. He contacted Fahd, a Pakistan national, a al-badr activist. Rehman was indoctrinated by him. Both were planning to go to Pakistan."

The police officer ruled out any threat to the city saying, "Threat has been pre-empted by this arrest."

Meanwhile, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar reacted to the incident, saying, "I have got information from police officials that from Karnataka team has arrested people in Darbhanga. We have sought a report on this. I raised this issue during the NCTC meeting. This is not right, there was no information with us. We will send this information to the Home Ministry. The law of the land should be followed."

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