Mangaluru blast accused ‘inspired’ by global terror outfit, police seize bomb-making materials from his house
The Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) in Karnataka Alok Kumar has informed that the Mangaluru autorickshaw bombing suspect Mohammed Shariq was influenced and inspired by a global terrorist organisation. Addressing media persons in Mangaluru on Monday, the senior police officer said that bomb-making materials such as sulphur, phosphorus, batteries, circuit, nut and bolts were recovered from Shariq’s rented accommodation in Mysuru. He further said that the suspect of the bomb blast had links with an absconding handler Abdul Mateen Taha of Bengaluru on whom the National Investigation Agency has announced a reward of five lakh rupees. Mr. Alok Kumar further added that search operations were carried out in several locations including Mangaluru, Shivamogga, Mysuru and Thirthahalli and the police is trying to locate those who harbored the suspect of Mangaluru bomb blast. Shariq who hails from Thirthahalli in Shivamogga district was traveling in an autorickshaw with a pressure cooker quipped with detonator, wires and batteries on Saturday in Mangaluru when it exploded. He is currently receiving treatment in a hospital for burn injuries and is unable to speak. It may be recalled that Shariq was one of the accused in the objectionable graffiti writing case registered at Mangaluru East police station in 2020 and released on bail.