Two held in Bangalore, ISI – Maoist nexus exposed

published on August 16, 2010

BANGALORE: Two persons have been arrested here for plotting terror acts in the country at the behest of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Bangalore police commissionerShankar Bidari said on Friday.

“Bangalore city police have unearthed a plot of Pakistan’s ISI agency to commit terrorist and subversive acts in India by engaging Maoists,” said Bidari.

“Two conspirators have been arrested, and incriminating materials have been recovered,” he said.

The arrested have been identified as Vinay Kumar, 30, of Ramanathapura in Hassan district, about 200 km from here, and Devaiah, 33, of Nallur in Kodagu district, around 250 km from Bangalore.

An unlicensed pistol, seven bullets, visa and passport documents and Rs 10 lakh in cash were seized from Devaiah’s house Rabindranath Tagore Nagar in north Bangalore, Bidari said.

” Bangalore police received credible inputs to the effect that the ISI had engaged Dawood Ibrahim and through his accomplice Chhota Shakeel to engage Maoists – that is Naxalite leaders in India – and instigate them to commit terrorist acts,” the police commissioner said.

He said Vinay Kumar had received Rs. 25 lakh (Rs. 2.5 million) from a person identified as Altaf alias Rakesh of Dakshina Kannada, about 350 km from here, to organize terror acts.

Bidari said Altaf was residing in Dubai and was trying to establish contacts with Maoists in Karnataka to egg them on carry out terror acts.

Maoists are active mainly in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Shimoga and Chikmagalur districts of Karnataka.

Vinay Kumar was planning to take a few Maoists in Karnataka to Dubai while Devaiah had established contacts with Maoists in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, Bidari said.

Before moving to Dubai, Altaf ran a bar and restaurant on upscale Residence Road in Bangalore’s central business district. Vinay Kumar worked there as a bouncer, Bidari said.

Devaiah was a private detective who came in contact with Altaf through Vinay Kumar, he said.

An Interpol alert will be issued for arrest of Altaf, Bidari said.

Read more: Two held in Bangalore, terror-Maoist nexus exposed – Bangalore – City – The Times of India

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