Two suspects in the July 2008 Bangalore blasts, including an alleged Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) operative, have been arrested from Ajmer in Rajasthan and Kasargod in Kerala.
Gul Farooq Umar was arrested early on Saturday from Ajmer station from a coach of the Ashram Express in which he was hiding, Ajmer Superintendent of Police Hari Prasad Sharma said.
Ibrahim Moulavi, a suspected LeT man and cleric, was picked up by the Karnataka police from Badiyadukka town in North Kerala’s Kasargod district on Friday night.
Umar was planning attacks on some places, including the famous Brahma Temple in Pushkar (11 km from Ajmer), the police said.
He was believed to have been staying with some accomplices in Pushkar for the past two months. “They were planning to carry out bomb blasts during the Pushkar fair in November,” Sharma said.
Bangalore Police Commissioner Shankar Bidari said the Karnataka Anti-Terrorist Squad was trying to determine the whereabouts of nine more suspects in the case, who are believed to have fled the country.
Umar and Moulavi are being brought to Bangalore for further interrogation and will be produced in a court there.
Moulavi is believed to have been a recruiter for LeT in southern India and Kashmir, the police said, adding that they watched his movements for more than two months before making arresting him.
The blasts in Bangalore in July 2008 killed one woman. The police believe Moulavi was also the mastermind behind the Ernakulam Collectorate blasts in Kerala in July last year.