Sarfaraz Navaz, a key SIMI leader who allegedly funded the Bangalore serial blasts on July 25, 2008, has been arrested. Eight blasts within a span of 30 minutes had killed one and injured eight. Sarfaraz, who hails from Ernakulam in Kerala, was sent to police custody till March 14.
According to Police Commissioner Shankar Bidari, Sarfaraz, 31, collected about Rs 3.2 lakh from “like-minded people” ahead of the blasts. He also took part in reconnaissance of various spots and attempted to send a suspected terrorist involved in the blast across the border to train with the LeT.
“Sarfaraz has links with LeT and has been in touch with Wali aka Rehan, a key a member of LeT. We are sure that some more men will be picked up based on information provided by him,” the Commissioner said.
Sarfaraz completed a three-year course (1995-98) at Nadwat-ul-Ulema in Lucknow and joined as office secretary at SIMI Head Office in New Delhi in 2000. Subsequently, he kept in touch with SIMI leaders from Kerala as he travelled to Muscat and Oman for work.
On February 7, the Bangalore City Police claimed to have ‘solved’ the serial blasts with the arrest of nine men — Abdul Sattar,an Indian Mujahideen operative and eight of his associates from Kerala.