Terror suspect held in Tripura

Habib Mia was allegedly involved in the blast atthe IISc. in Bengaluruin 2005Abhisek Saha  

Family of a terror suspect, who was picked up from Agartala by a team of the Karnataka police, alleged he had been falsely implicated in a 12-year-old case. Four members of the Anti-Terrorist Squad of Karnataka police brought one Habib Mia to Bengaluru on Saturday after gaining transit remand from a city court.

Jharna Begam, spouse of the accused said, her husband, a plumber, was summoned to the East Agartala Police Station on Thursday for ‘verification of his mobile SIM card’. However, he was detained at the station in connection with a case registered in Bengaluru.

The Tripura police, however, claimed that Habib Mia was arrested on ‘specific inputs’ provided by the Karnataka police on his role in a terrorist strike at the Indian Institute of Science at Sadashivnagar in Bengaluru on December 28, 2005. “We extended help to our counterparts from Karnataka to detain him from his home at Jogendranagar on Friday,” a senior police official said.

He denied that Habib Mia was detained for a whole day at the police station.

The official said the Karnataka police team had come to the State twice earlier, but could not nab him. Family members claimed he had never gone out of Tripura and could not have committed the crime.