Mysuru cab drivers grilled in Mangaluru blast case as probe gathers steam

The Mangaluru Police are jointly investigating with the Mysuru Police as Shariq resided for about 40 days in the heritage city.

ByMahesh M Goudar

Published Nov 24, 2022 | 8:16 PM Updated Nov 24, 2022 | 8:16 PM

Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Alok Kumar admitted that the cab drivers were being investigated in connection with the Mangaluru blast.

The Karnataka Police have intensified the investigation into the Mangaluru blast case, grilling around 10 cab drivers of taxi aggregators in Mysuru on Wednesday, 23 November.

“The police quizzed at least 10 cab drivers in Mysuru in connection with the blast case. The investigative team is looking for a cab driver named Chandrasekhar. The main accused, Mohammed Shariq, purchased a SIM card using the identity card of this cab driver,” claimed reliable sources.

Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Alok Kumar admitted that the cab drivers were being investigated in connection with the Mangaluru blast.

The Mangaluru Police are jointly investigating with the Mysuru Police as Shariq resided for about 40 days in the heritage city.

The police have also recovered explosive materials and electronic devices from Shariq’s rented house in Loknayak Nagar in the Metagalli area of Mysuru.

Shariq moved around as a Hindu

During his 40-day stay in Mysuru, Shariq joined a mobile repair training institute — the SMM Institute of Servicing — located on the D Banumaiah Road in the KR Mohalla, on 21 September.

“Shariq enrolled for a 45-day mobile repair and computer hardware course in September. He claimed his name was Premraj and also produced an Aadhaar card with the same name at the time of admission. He claimed he was from Hubballi,” Prasad, the proprietor of the institute, told South First.

“We normally update the course details and other things related to training through WhatsApp. I noticed that he had put Lord Shiva as his WhatsApp display picture. He was last seen in the institute on 18 November, a day before the blast,” Prasad said.

He also point out that Shariq was “irregular” in class and “hardly turned up for about 20 days” at the institute.

“I had entrusted him with the task of getting 10 mobile phones from a regular supplier to the institute, but he never returned. I was shocked to learn that he was the main conspirator behind the blast,” Prasad said.

The investigation team also picked up Prasad for questioning. The cops released him after interrogating him about Shariq’s stint at the institute.

Fake group claims responsibility

Meanwhile, a group named the “Islamic Resistance Council” claimed responsibility for the Mangaluru blast on Wednesday.

However, this claim reportedly turned out to be unauthentic as no such terrorist organisation exists, claimed police sources.

“There is no terrorist organisation named the Islamic Resistance Council. This is a fake document being spread on social media,” claimed personnel attached to Central investigative agencies.

Apart from claiming responsibility for the blast, the letter also threatened ADGP Alok Kumar.

Responding to the claims and threats, Kumar said, “We are looking into this document. I will continue to perform my duty.”