The Border Security Force (BSF) on Wednesday arrested the mastermind of the 2005 attack on the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, when he was allegedly trying to sneak into India from Bangladesh through the Meghalaya border.
A top intelligence official, however, said T. Nazeer (35), the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) chief of south India, and his associate Siraj Samsuddin (35) were arrested by Bangladeshi authorities.
Nazeer allegedly planned and executed serial blasts in Bangalore in July 2008 that killed 15 people and also the attack on IISc, a senior police officer in Kerala said.
“Our men caught Nazeer and Samsuddin about 400 metres in the East Khasi Hills district,” BSF spokesman Ravi Gandhi told Hindustan Times.
But the intelligence official said the Rapid Action Battalion, the investigative wing of the Bangladesh police, arrested the two along the Meghalaya border on November 6 after an FBI alert on the basis of arrested LeT suspect David Headley’s confessions.