Staff Reporter

Kaiga nuclear power plant on hit-list

No evidence yet to link Abdul Rehman, Ibrahim with IISc attack Lakshar's role confirmed in the attack

BANGALORE: The Bangalore police, investigating the terrorist strike on the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in December last, claim to have unravelled plans of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) to attack vital installations in Karnataka. A suspected Lashkar operative was arrested from Bagalkot district on Sunday.

The VII Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court here on Monday remanded Abdul Rehman, suspected LeT operative who was arrested in Nalgonda in Andhra Pradesh on January 1 in connection with the IISc attack, to judicial custody till January 30. Police investigations revealed that Rehman had "operational contacts in Pakistan and Bangladesh."

Police Commissioner Ajai Kumar Singh told presspersons on Monday that LeT had planned to carry out explosions at the Kaiga nuclear power plant in Uttara Kannada district, the Alamatti Reservoir in Bagalkot district and the Sharavathi power transmission lines.

Incriminating documents

Mr. Singh said the plans came to light after a city police team arrested Mehaboob Ibrahim (35) alias Habeeb, a fabrication mechanic, in Alamatti on Sunday and seized explosives, a diary and other incriminating documents from him.

He said Ibrahim of Guledgudda had "admitted" that he was planning to carry out blasts at these vital installations on the directions of Abdul Rehman. To a question, he said: "The possibility of cross-border terrorism cannot be ruled out. Ibrahim's interrogation will throw more light on it."

Mr. Singh, however, said the police did not have evidence to link both operatives with the attack on the IISc. "But their role cannot be ruled out."

Police have registered a fresh case against Abdul Rehman for hatching conspiracy and waging war against the nation and spreading communal violence using explosives and firearms.

Mr. Singh said Ibrahim, who was working as a fabrication mechanic in Saudi Arabia from 1993 to 2001, had come in contact with Rehman and "other" LeT leaders there.

The investigation revealed that Abdul Rehman had operational contacts in Pakistan and Bangladesh, besides Andhra Pradesh, Chennai, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka. He had been raising funds, recruiting for LeT and training the new recruits in the use of explosives, firearms and tactics in Pakistan and Bangladesh.