3 suspects arrested in Bangalore blast case

Security agencies arrested three people in connection with the April 17 blast in front of the Karnataka BJP headquarters, which left 17 persons injured.

In joint operation of the Karnataka police, the Tamil Nadu State intelligence and the National Investigation Agency (NIA), suspects Peer Mohideen and Basheer were nabbed on Monday night, while the third accused, Kitchen Buhari, was arrested on Tuesday morning.

According to the investigators, Basheer of Tirunelveli and Peer Mohideen of Bangalore were arrested from a hideout at Flower Bazaar in Chennai in Tamil Nadu. The third suspect, Kitchen Buhari, is the one who allegedly purchased the bike used in the blast.

The police say all the three suspects have been taken to Bangalore for further investigations.

Terming the arrests a major breakthrough in the blast probe, investigators claim that a new terror outfit is involved in the blast.

“The arrest is very important as they played a vital role in the blast. Preliminary inquiries revealed that they are associated with a banned extremist organisation. An analysis of the mobile phone call records of two prime suspects led investigators to Basheer and Mohideen,” an officer associated with the investigation told.