Five arrested with firearms and ammunition in Bengaluru, says police

Central Crime Branch Bengaluru Karnataka.

Bengaluru: Five people who were planning to carry out attacks have been arrested by the Central Crime Branch with firearms and ammunition along with 12 mobile phones confiscated from them, Bengaluru Police Commissioner B Dayananda said on Wednesday.

Seven pistols, 45 live cartridges, a bunch of walkie-talkies, and some daggers were seized from them, the police officer said. A huge consignment of explosives were also retrieved from their possession.

“The Central Crime Branch has succeeded in busting the anti-social forces and foiled their nefarious designs. They were arrested after raiding a place under Hebbal police station limits,” Dayananda told reporters.

The suspects were radicalised by T Nazeer, who is an accused in the 2008 Bengaluru serial bomb blasts case, and another accused living abroad, PTI reported.

The suspects are accused of murder, robbery, smuggling of red sanders and other crimes. They were in touch with the other accused who was in jail.

The report said Nazeer has links with Pakistan-based militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, the police commissioner said.

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