Alleged Indian Mujahideen members Salman alias Chotu and Shahzad Ahmed alias Pappu have allegedly confessed to the Bangalore Police that they had got explosives for the 2008 Delhi serial blasts from Udupi, a coastal town in Karnataka.
Both LeT-trained Salman and Shahzad, natives of Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh and arrested by Delhi Police last year, are co-accused in the Chinnaswamy stadium blast case in 2010.
The Bangalore Police had recently interrogated them for allegedly conspiring with the Bhatkal brothers (Riaz Bhatkal, his brother Iqbal Bhatkal and Yasin Bhatkal) when they were in Pakistan and Sharjah.
In their confessional statement, a copy of which is with Hindustan Times, they allegedly told the Bangalore anti-terrorism cell that their associates Mohammed Saif (now in jail) and Khalid (absconding) went to Udupi on August 31, 2008, and brought the explosives to Delhi on September 3, 2008. The Delhi blasts took place on September13, 2008.
When contacted, Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat refused to comment. “We have not been authorised to speak on terror-related matters,” he said.
The two also told the Bangalore Police that explosives used in several terror attacks across India, including the Ahmedabad, Varanasi and Delhi blasts, were brought from South India.
According to the confessional statement, Indian Mujahideen founder Riaz Bhatkal told them when they were in Karachi for training that ammonium nitrate (used as explosive) was bought from dealers in Mangalore and Udupi. They said the same substance used by fishermen to kill schools of fish in the ocean was also used in bombs.
Pappu was in Bangalore for seven months between 2007 and 2008, police said. He came in November 2007 and stayed with one Ravish Fahim. Later, Pappu stayed with one Azeem Ahmed, a native of Azamgarh.