Mangaluru’s ‘Auto’ Pilot: Blast Suspect Shariq Lone Wolf, Had No Gang, Say Intel Sources

Mohammed Shariq, 24, the passenger and prime suspect in Saturday’s autorickshaw blast in Mangaluru, is a lone wolf, high intelligence sources informed CNN-News18. The suspect has suffered 45% burns.

He most likely wished to attack all places on his own and was not a suicide bomber, they mentioned. “Shariq was not in contact with anybody and had no gang. The idea on his associates has been proved fallacious,” they mentioned.

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Shariq didn’t speak concerning the plan to anybody, mentioned intelligence sources, including that all material was organized and procured by him.

They mentioned the evaluation of telephone data is happening and they’re making an attempt to know his associations previously one month.

SEARCHES AT HIS HOUSE

Police discovered supplies that go into making a bomb from the home the place Shariq was staying as a tenant in Mysuru, a senior police official mentioned on Monday.

Shariq was “influenced and impressed” by a (terrorist) organisation with world presence, Extra Director Basic of Police (Regulation and Order) Alok Kumar mentioned.

“…Our precedence is to see that he survives, we’ve to take him to a stage the place we will query him,” Kumar mentioned.

The police had termed the blast “an act of terror with intention to trigger critical harm”. “We discovered supplies which might be utilized in making a bomb resembling ammonium nitrate, nuts, bolts and different materials from Mohan Kumar’s home the place he was staying,” Kumar mentioned.

His identify had earlier surfaced when a communal conflict broke out over placing up the Hindutva ideologue Vinayak Damodar Savarkar’s photograph at a public place on August 15 within the district headquarters city of Shivamogga.

The vandals had gone on a rampage and stabbed Prem Singh, a servant in a close-by store.

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On this connection, police arrested Mohammed Zabihulla alias Charbi, Syed Yasin and Maaz Muneer Ahmed, whereas Shariq absconded.

Yasin and Maaz had informed police on the time that they had been “brainwashed” by Shariq. The group was planning to arrange an Islamic State base within the nation and wished to “set up a Caliphate” within the nation.

Shariq was additionally concerned in portray objectionable graffiti in Mangaluru earlier, Kumar added.

With PTI Inputs

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