The joint investigation team of the Karnataka and the Kerala police investigating the Bangalore serial blasts brought the suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Thadiyantavide Nazir and his alleged collaborator Shafas to Kochi on Sunday evening. The two were brought from Kannur here to gather evidence in the remaining two of the 11 cases registered by the Karnataka Police against them.
The duo, kept at the Police Club at the time of filing this report, will be taken to places such as Perumbavoor early on Monday for ‘identification’ and unearthing of evidence linking them to the blasts.
During interrogation earlier, Nazir had revealed that the ammonium nitrate used for the blasts was stolen from a magazine at Perumbavoor, near Kochi.
The police, on Sunday morning, seized a pick-up van from North Paravur, near Kochi, used by the accused to transport ‘material’ for the blasts. A luxury car used for the transport of men was seized on Sunday night, sources said. Once the joint team completed its investigation, the Kerala police would seek Nazir’s custody to gather evidence connecting him in various cases, including the Kalamassery bus-burning case.
The two, in the custody of the Bangalore police after they were handed over to the Indian security forces by the Bangladesh Rifles earlier this month, were brought to Kannur on Friday.