SIMI Activist Held for Bangalore Blast

Sarfaraz Nawaz, a SIMI activist with links to the outlawed Pak terror machine, Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT), has been arrested in connection with serial blasts in the silicon city of Bangalore which left one dead and 12 injured in 2008.

The Nawaz arrest takes the total number of detentions in the case to 10.

The 31-year-old Nawaz, is accused to have arranged funds for those carrying out the blasts and did a recce of the city before the blasts on July 25 last year.

The accused, a resident of Pallikera in Ernakulum, Kerala, was arrested on February 27 while leaving for Kerala., said a top Bangalore police official.

During interrogation, Nawaz is reported to have admitted his links to the SIMI, an organization he joined in 1995, and several of its leaders.

Nawaz moved to Delhi in 2000 and worked as a secretary at the SIMI headquarters in the Okhla area of the capital, where he came in contact with people like Safdar Nagori, Abdul Aleem Ishalahi, Adnan of Karnataka, Shibly and Sameer of Kerala.

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