Karnataka: Serial church blast accused arrested after 16 years


HYDERABAD: The Karnataka Crime Investigation Department from Nalgonda district arrested a person, who was wanted for the past 16 years in the 2000 serial blasts in Bengaluru. Sheik Amir was indicted of being engaged in three blasts in churches at Bengaluru, Hubli and Kalburgi. Till date, 12 accused, who were detained in the case, were convicted and Amir had been evading police dragnet.

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A squad from Karnataka came to Nalgonda and picked him up based on specific input about his location. Amir, connected with the Deendar Anjuman, was supposedly part of the group which hatched a conspiracy to carry out serial blasts. The accused Sheikh Amir Ali (36), who was on the run for the last 16 years, allegedly planted the bomb at a church in J Nagar in the city. Sheikh belonged to the banned outfit Deendar Anjuman.

Sheikh was in hiding in Nalagonda district in Telangana from where he was apprehended. So far 29 people have been convicted in the case while five accused are conveyed to be in Pakistan. The police tracked down Sheikh on the basis of leads provided by the Telangana police. A resident of Bengaluru, Sheikh went absconding after other activists of the outfit came under the police's radar.

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