The three men arrested in connection with the blast near the Bharatiya Janata Party office in Malleswaram on April 17 were produced before the magistrate here Tuesday and taken into police custody for further investigation.
The suspects, Peer Mohideen (39), Basheer Sunnati (30) and Kichan Buhari (38), all Tirunelveli natives, were picked up from Tamil Nadu. Mohideen used to frequent Bangalore in connection with his tea leaves business, police said. Sunnati has a real estate business in Chennai.
City Police Commissioner Raghavendra H. Auradkar confirmed the arrest but refused to say more. But senior police officials said Mohideen and Sunnati are suspected to have executed the blast while Buhari was their handler, providing logistical support. “We suspect that others also were involved in the blasts and efforts are on to nab them soon,” a police source said.
The police are ascertaining their motive and whether they are linked to a terrorist group.
The city police, who verified call details obtained through mobile phone towers around the blast site, analysed the data and zeroed in on the suspects.