Pistol with 53 rounds of ammunition, among others, seized

Nearly a year after a blast in Bangalore, a special team of the Crime Branch CID of the Tamil Nadu police on Sunday arrested K. Sahul Hameed alias ‘Paravai’ Badhusha (27) of Melapalayam in Kerala. Seventeen persons were injured in the explosion.

The suspect was cornered in his hideout at Anchal in Punalur taluk of Kollam district in Kerala. A pistol with 53 rounds of ammunition, 17.25 kg of explosives, including gelatine sticks and electric detonators, and Rs. 6 lakh in cash meant for procuring explosives were recovered from him, CBCID Deputy Superintendent of Police M.X.F. Besky told The Hindu.

After the blast he went underground. Investigation revealed that the accused was the key operative in plotting the explosion.

He was produced before Tirunelveli Judicial Magistrate I V. Ramalingam here and lodged in Palayamkottai Central Prison.

Police team

Bangalore Staff Reporter writes:

The Bangalore police, investigating the Malleswaram bomb blast case, said that they would send a team to Tirunelveli to question the accused on Monday.

“Earlier, we had made efforts in coordination with the Tamil Nadu to arrest him. His arrest was purely an operation by the Tamil Nadu police,” the police said.