Staff Reporter

Bangalore: The arrest of Thadiyantevide Nazir, the South Indian commander of Laskher-e-Taiba (LeT), may be a useful source for identifying the “missing links” in the incident of attack on Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in 2005, in which a retired professor of IIT New Delhi was killed.

Sleuths of the Border Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles arrested Nazir and his associate and another suspected militant Shamas near India-Bangladesh border in Meghalaya recently.

The city police are in contact with the central security agencies to find out the antecedents and other activities of Nazir and planning to take him into their custody.

“Nazir is a prize-catch,” a senior police officer, who is involved in the investigation of terrorist cases in the State.

“So far we do not have any information about Nazir. His arrest may provide a deep insight into the investigation of IISc. attack. We will take a serious note of this matter and try to take him into our custody,” the officer said.

However, according to him, Nazir’s name is not mentioned either in First-Information-Report or in the charge sheet pertaining to the IISc attack.

Meanwhile, the Director-General and Inspector-General of Police Ajai Kumar Singh told the reporters: “We have received information about the arrests and we will take an action as per the law.”

Nazir was a native of Kerala and he has reportedly revealed his alleged role in the IISc attack. Nazir is believed to have been behind the incidents of the Kalamassery bus-burning case, the Bangalore serial blasts cases and the twin blasts in Kozhikode.