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Updated: June 12, 2012 15:53 IST

Interpol warrant for Bangalore stadium attack suspect soon: police

    Praveen Swami
    Mohammad Ali
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In this April 17, 2010 photo securitymen inspect the site of an explosion outside the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
PTI In this April 17, 2010 photo securitymen inspect the site of an explosion outside the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

Interpol will within days issue a red-corner notice for the arrest of Saudi Arabia-based engineer Fasih Mehmood, sought by India for his alleged role in the April 2010 bomb attacks at a Bangalore cricket stadium, highly-placed police sources have told The Hindu.

Karnataka police sources said the warrant will open the way for Mr. Mehmood to be deported to India, where police wish to question him about his movements in the days before April 17, 2010 — the date five improvised explosive devices were planted outside the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore.

Immigration records obtained by investigators, they said, show Mr. Ahmad was visiting India at the time of the attack, lending some weight to allegations about his involvement made by suspects earlier arrested from Darbhanga in Bihar.

“I'm not at this stage saying that Mr. Mehmood was involved,” a senior officer said, “and I am not saying he was not involved. I am saying we are seeking to question him, through the appropriate legal process, on some issues that have arisen during investigation.”

Earlier this month, police obtained a warrant for Mr. Mehmood's arrest, on the basis of five First Information Reports filed at the Cubbon Park police station in 1996, and asked the Central Bureau of Investigation to seek an Interpol red-corner notice — a legal device that obliges member-states of the international police organisation to apprehend suspects on sight.

Mr. Mehmood's family has alleged that the al-Khobar-based engineer is being held without charge by Saudi Arabia's intelligence services for the past several weeks.

Feroz Ahmad, Mr. Mehmood's father, however, told The Hindu the engineer was not in India when the bombings took place. “In February, 2010,” said Dr. Ahmad, who runs the Benipatti primary health centre in Bihar's Madhubani district, “my son came home because I was unwell. He left India on March 27, 2010, before the bombing in Bangalore.”

Mr. Mehmood, who moved to Saudi Arabia in 2007, obtained his Bachelor's degree in technology from a college in the coastal Karnataka town of Bhatkal. His family says he knew Karachi-based jihadist, Riyaz Ismail Shahbandri, one of the Indian Mujahideen's three top commanders, as a student, but denies he had any knowledge of or association with terrorist activities.

Karnataka investigators had, in 2010, told The Hindu that the attacks were likely to have been carried out by a jihadist cell led by Mr. Shahbandri's key lieutenant, who operates under the code-name Yasin Bhatkal. Yasin Bhatkal identified by the Central Bureau of Investigation as 1973-born Bhatkal resident Ahmad Zarar Siddibapa, is wanted by Interpol for multiple terrorism-related crimes.

Police began investigating Mr. Mehmood's possible role in the cell in November, after the arrest of several of Mr. Siddibapa's alleged associates from Darbhanga, in Bihar. Police have so far made seven arrests linked to the bombing.

Its disaterous that u pple r qouting thing out of contex...no family
member told that his son knw any terror group...n one important thing
dont dare to use jahadi word cozz jahadi dont kill inocent pple..the
serve pple..terrorist can never b a jahadi..terrorist kill inocent
pple such as chennaswami blast where as jehadis serve vn help pple..so
u better dont use it again...now come to democry..m proud to b a
muslim n proud to b indian..i love m india..so i erge u ol media
person please fight for truth n dont give false statement qouting name
of family members..no relative or sources told any such
statement..dont use chep publicity stunds...u r a journalist n u can
write wat u wana write as our nation is having democracry..but once
think abt the wife who iz pregnent n knws that his husband iz
inocent..so she wana fight againt ol odds..dont u think u should
support us for justice..come on guys wake urs soul n lets fight for
truth..

from:  ahsan
Posted on: Jun 1, 2012 at 01:00 IST

The man would have been already deported back under latest India-Saudi treaty and kept under IB/RAW control, in order to further witch-hunt the minorities.

from:  John
Posted on: May 29, 2012 at 17:20 IST

????....has anyone been arrested and brought to justice in India with the help of
Interpol so far? We give so much time to the culprits to leave the country and then
task the Interpol before ourselves absolve ourselves of any more responsibilies.

from:  rathi raj
Posted on: May 29, 2012 at 16:36 IST
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