Bangalore terror mastermind arrested along Indo-Bangla border

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 02, 2009 13:53 hrs

New Delhi: In a prize catch for security agencies, wanted terrorist T Nazir, allegedly involved in the 2005 IISc Bangalore attack and in sending Muslim youth from Kerala for militant training in PoK, was arrested along the Indo-Bangla border in Meghalaya.

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The arrest, which apparently came following a jointoperation by BSF, central security agencies and Bangladesh Rifles, was expected to solve many terror cases which includethe 2005 attack at the Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc) in Bangalore that left an IIT professor dead.

Nazir, hailing from Malappuram district in Northern Kerala, was being wanted by the security agencies to unravel the conspiracy behind sending Muslim youth from his district to Kashmir and for further militant training to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Nazir was arrested along with another suspected militant Shamas after intelligence was shared about their presence in Bangladesh, official sources said.

Union Home Secretary G K Pillai said two suspected Lashker operatives were detained along the Indo-Bangla border in Meghalaya and "we are trying to find out their antecedents and links and their activities."

The duo was being interrogated by a combined team of the BSF and central security agencies, the sources said, addingBangalore police had already sent a team to take Nazir's custody.