Mohamed Nazeer, S. Anandan and Abdul Latheef Naha

Five named in charge-sheet still at large

Charge-sheet was filed on January 21

KANNUR/KOCHI/MALAPPURAM: The investigation into the alleged terror networks in Kerala is expected to take a new turn with the arrest of nine persons from the State in connection with the Bangalore blasts of July 2008.

They are among the 22 named in a charge-sheet filed by the Special Investigation Team of the Kerala Police before the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Court at Thalassery on January 21 following the investigation into terror networks after four persons from the State were killed in an encounter with security forces in Kashmir.

Four of those handed over to the Bangalore police are from Kannur district — K.P. Abdul Jaleel of Kadachira; P. Mujeeb of Mouvanchery; C. Faisal from Andathode; and Manaf from Kannur.

Another is Badaruddin from Karukappally in Ernakulam, who was arrested by the Kerala Police in October. The police and intelligence agencies had interrogated him at Eloor police station in Ernakulam.

Abdul Sattar, alias Sainuddin, 57, from Kondotty in Malappuram, another person handed over to the Bangalore police, was arrested from Hyderabad in January. Sattar has two wives, one in Kondotty and the other in Hyderabad. His daughter in Kondotty was married to Abdul Rahim from Parappanangadi, one of the four killed in the encounter.

His second wife’s younger sister in Hyderabad was married to Abdul Jabbar, 35, from Valamarathur, Tirur, another arrested in connection with the Bangalore blasts. Jabbar had escaped from the hands of the Kashmir police and had been on the run. The Kerala Police rounded up Sattar’s son, Sharafuddin, 28, and his friend, Zakaria Kuttiyanveettil, 21, and handed them over to the Bangalore police.

Zakaria had worked in Sharafuddin’s electrical shop at Kondotty. He was picked up on Wednesday from a foreign goods shop at Tirur, where he was working then. Till last week, their names had not been linked to any cases.

The Bangalore police had camped in Kannur, Tirurangadi, Kuttippuram and Kollam.

Five of the accused named in the charge sheet in connection with the terror networks are still at large.

They have been charged under various sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Rahim, Mohammed Yasin from Chakkaraparambu in Ernakulam, Fayas and Fayis from Kannur were killed when they were trying to cross over to Pakistan in early October.

Sattar had been underground since he was wanted in a pipe bomb case in Malappuram district in 1996.