POLICE found materials that go into making bomb from the rented house in Mysuru of Mangaluru autorickshaw blast accused Mohammed Shariq, who was “influenced and inspired” by a global terrorist organisation, a senior police officer said on Monday. Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order), Alok Kumar said the police are trying to find out the 24-year old’s links with people outside Karnataka.
“His handler was Abdul Mateen Taha from Suddaguntepalya (in Bengaluru) on whom the National Investigation Agency has announced a reward of Rs five lakh,” the ADGP said.
Shariq was “influenced and inspired” by a (terrorist) organisation with global presence, Kumar said. Shariq, hailing from Thirthahalli in Shivamogga district, was travelling in an autorickshaw with a pressure cooker fitted with detonator, wires and batteries, when it exploded on the outskirts of Mangaluru on Saturday. He suffered burn injuries, is currently being treated in a city hospital and unable to speak. Karnataka police termed the explosion “an act of terror” with intention to cause serious damage.
They are probing the incident along with central agencies. “...Our priority is to see that he survives, we have to take him to a stage where we can question him,” Kumar said. “We found matchbox, sulphur, phosphorus, batteries, circuit and nut and bolts from the (Shariq’s rented) house (in Mysuru). Mohan Kumar, the owner of the house, was not aware of these activities,” Kumar said.
Taha was the “main handler”. He along with Khwaja and Mohammed Pasha from Tamil Nadu were booked under the provisions of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act at Suddaguntepalya in Bengaluru in 2020. Apart from Taha, Arafat Ali from Thirthahalli was also like his handler, he added. Search operations were carried out in seven locations including Mangaluru, Shivamogga, Mysuru and Thirthahalli, the ADGP said.