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Missing cricket fans from Pak behind B?lore terror?

The missing Pakistanis, in their visa applications, had said they planned to visit Bangalore, reports Arun Joshi.

india Updated: Jan 23, 2006 10:55 IST
Arun Joshi

Three of the 32 Pakistanis visitors who went missing after the Indo-Pak cricket series in India last year may have been involved in the terror attack at the Indian Institute of Sciences in Bangalore in December.

Noor Mohammad (from Karachi), Abdul Waheed Bhat (Lahore) and Inyatullah Khan (Bannu) were among the Pakistanis who had entered India on valid passports to watch cricket matches in March last year.

In their visa applications they had said they had relatives in Bangalore, whom they planned to visit during their stay in India.

After a trip to Bangalore, the three men went missing.

These facts came to light when investigating agencies learnt the details of the places the missing Pakistanis had listed for their visit.

The J&K Police, who have got in touch with their counterparts in Bangalore, have asked the Pakistan government to provide more details about these persons.

“Their going missing and the terror attacks taking place in Bangalore, and the possibility of other south Indian capital cities figuring in the target list, cannot be a mere coincidence,” an intelligence official told HT. “We suspect the three men may have links with or may be a part of the terror network in south India that organised the attack in Bangalore.”

Professor M.C. Puri, professor emeritus at IIT Delhi, died in the attack.

First Published: Jan 23, 2006 01:40 IST