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TESTING BLAST SUSPECT: Syed Abdul Khaleem alias Rafi being brought to the Bowring Hospital in Bangalore on Wednesday for narco analysis test.
TESTING BLAST SUSPECT: Syed Abdul Khaleem alias Rafi being brought to the Bowring Hospital in Bangalore on Wednesday for narco analysis test.

Staff Reporter

During narco analysis, he was also questioned on SIM cards

BANGALORE: Experts from the Forensic Science Laboratory here conducted yet another narco analysis test on Wednesday, this time on Sheikh Abdul Kaleem alias Rafi, who was arrested by the Hyderabad police in connection with the May 2007 Mecca Masjid blasts.

He is said to have revealed significant information on the procurement and distribution of explosives which was smuggled into Hyderabad early this year, and information on the August 25 twin blasts that rocked that city.

Kaleem was questioned on the RDX brought into Hyderabad and also on the scores of SIM cards seized from him. Kaleem is the brother of Khaja, a close associate of the Bangladesh-based Harkat-ul-Jihad-e-Islami (HuJI) commander Shaheed alias Bilal, who is said to have masterminded the blasts at Lumbini Park and Gokul Chat, at the Mecca Masjid and earlier at the Special Investigation Team office in Hyderabad in 2005. It is learnt that using fictitious address and identity proof, Kaleem procured over 50 SIM cards and distributed them among other terror modules.

Kaleem, sources said, was also questioned on the terror modules with which Shaheed was connected.

Another suspected terrorist, Syed Imran Khan, who was subjected to narco analysis on Tuesday, revealed that the smuggled RDX had been distributed among terror modules for future strikes.

Kaleem is said to have corroborated Imran’s statement, according to official sources.

B. Malini, Assistant Director of the Forensic Science Laboratory, told presspersons that Kaleem had revealed significant information that could help the police in furthering the investigation.

Dr. Malini, refusing to go into the details, said there was a connection between what the two had revealed.

The narco analysis was to find out where the smuggled explosives had reached and to prevent further strikes.

Sameer alias Nayeem, who has also been arrested in the Mecca Masjid case, had brought RDX to Hyderabad and part of the consignment was given to Imran.

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