Cooker blast accused got training from Islamic State terrorist : Shobha Karandlaje

9:58 PM, Friday, November 25th, 2022


Udupi  : Union minister of state for agriculture and farmers’ welfare Shobha Karandlaje claimed on Friday that the suspect in the Mangaluru blast case had received “Islamic State training” and had passed it on to more than 40 people.

The ministry of home affairs (MHA) has directed the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to take up the investigation in the Mangaluru blast case in Karnataka.

She described the information on the blast suspect Mohammed Shariq (24) as frightful and claimed that the reason the accused was released on bail in the anti-India graffiti case was because a thorough investigation was not conducted.

The graffiti case refers to slogans praising terror groups that had surfaced on some public walls in Mangaluru city in Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district in November 2020.

Shariq was arrested in connection with the case and later released on bail.

“He (Shariq) had given ISIS training to more than 40 people. There is information that he himself got ISIS training,” Karandlaje told reporters.

According to her, the suspected cooker bomb that exploded in a moving auto-rickshaw was meant for targeting the Kadri Manjunatha Swami Temple in Mangaluru.

Maps of many temples in Mangaluru and its surrounding areas were found from Shariq, the Union minister said adding that the accused had charted out a plan for it.

The objective of the blast accused was to create communal clashes in coastal Karnataka, explosion in temples and create problems for various leaders, Karandlaje claimed.

The Bharatiya Janata Party leader also said that in the coastal region of Kerala and Karnataka, people trained by ISIS in Syria and the members of the banned outfit Popular Front of India are involved in terrorist activities.

The minister appealed to the state police to cooperate with the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in providing them necessary infrastructure and desired information to arrest the terrorists.

On November 19, an explosion took place in an autorickshaw which the police called a terror act after the probe.

The state government has handed over the case to the NIA for further investigation.

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