Bengaluru: An alleged associate of underworld don Chhota Shakeel was arrested here who police said was plotting to spark communal tension by carrying out killings of reputed persons.
Syed Niyamat, a resident of Bismillah Nagar here, was picked up by City Crime Branch yesterday based on specific inputs.
Police said they have also picked up two of his associates and are questioning them.
City Crime Branch Police said in a release here that Niyamat was in regular touch with Shakeel and, upon his instructions, had planned to create communal tension in the city by killing reputed persons.
Police said that the 28-year-old Niyamat had during interrogation told them that he had made preparations to execute his plan along with his associates.
Preliminary investigation revealed that Niyamat was wanted in at least seven cases, including of murder and dacoity, police said.