NIA claims Kerala bus burning, Bengaluru blasts accused is in Peshawar
A key accused in the Bengaluru blast case and the Kalamassery (Kerala) bus burning case is now living in Pakistan’s north western city of Peshawar, investigations by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Kerala Police have revealed, the Indian Express said in a report on Monday.
According to sources quoted by Indian Express K P Sabeer allegedly linked to the Lashker-e -Toiba had fallen off the radar of investigating agencies after fleeing India on fake passport in November 2008.
K P Sabeer who goes with the aliases of Mohammed Sabeer and Ayub was traced in the restive Pakistani city after the arrest of K A Anoop, an alleged associate of Sabeer. Anoop was arrested when he arrived at the Delhi airport from Dubai on 6 April 2016.
The daily reported that Sabeer and Anoop were in touch and an analysis of Anoop’s phone call records in Dubai revealed a number linked to Sabeer. According to investigative officers Sabeer has been trying to take his wife to Pakistan. he is reported to be offering 100,000 dirhams to obtain travel documents for her.
Sabeer was the former president of Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) in Kerala. Apart from Bengaluru blast case, he is accused in 2008 Kalamassery bus burning case and plot to facilitate terror training for youths from Kerala.
NIA found that Sabeer had taken five youths to Kashmir and handed over them to a LeT operative in 2008. The youths were later found to have been reportedly killed in an encounter with Indian security forces. Abdul Jabbar, who escaped was later arrested by the Kerala police. The investigation into the killing of four youths helped the investigators to solve the Bengaluru blast case. Sabeer was allegedly acting as conduit in channelising funds and men for the LeT to carry out the blast.
Indian Express, quoting NIA said Sabeer used a fake passport to flee to Dubai in 2008. The probe agency suspects Sabeer’s getaway was facilitated by the Indian ‘commander’ of the LeT Rehman alias Wali alias Abdul Aziz. The latter is also named along with with Sabeer in the plot to recruit Kerala youths.
Kalamassery Bus burning case
The case involves the burning of a Tamil Nadu Transport bus at Kalamassery in the outskirts of Kochi on 9 September 2005. NIA filed chargesheeted against 13 people including the LeT operative Thadiyantavide Nazeer and Soofiya Madani, the wife of People’s Democratic Party leader Abdul Naser Madani. Soofiya was named 10th accused in the case. The bus was burnt allegedly against the continued incarceration of Madani in the Coimbatore blasts case which killed 58 in 1998.
Madani was later discharged in the case. Nazeer and Madani are also accused in the 2008 Bengaluru blast case. The other accused are Abdul Haleem, Ismail, Shefeeq, Sabir Buhari, Muhammed Navaz, Thajudin Nazar, Ummer Farooque, Majeed Parambai and Mohammed Sabir. Abdul Rahim another accused was dead in Kashmir in an alleged encounter with security forces.
Bengaluru Blast case
The serial blasts that rocked tech city Bengaluru on 25 July 2008 killed one person. The investigating agency found that the explosions were planned and operated at the behest of LeT. The trial is still going on in the case. Abdul Nasar Madani, a political leader from Kerala is also an accused in the case. He is now on bail.
A news story appeared which appeared in ‘Tehelka’ magazine claimed that the witnesses produced by the prosecution against Madani were not genuine. This created an uproar and the police even registered a case against the reporter who filed that story.