//Cops picked up ultras 15 days ago: Landlady

Cops picked up ultras 15 days ago: Landlady

Saturday October 28 2006, NEWINDPRESS.COM

MYSORE: The encounter between two Pakistani militants and the police on the Mysore-Husnur Ring Road has raised suspicions as the militants’ landlady has revealed that the police had already taken Fahad and Ali into custody 15 days ago.

Although the police officers narrated the encounter story with Pakistani militants before reporters, Kanthamma, the owner of the house, disclosed that the police had taken the two into custody 15 days ago.

Kanthamma said Kader, a shopkeeper, introduced Fahad and Ali and got the rent agreement signed in the name of Mohammad bin Kohia paying Rs 20 thousand advance and Rs 1,250 rent.

She further clarified that they did not own a Hero Puch and that they always came home at night. One of them was always at home, she said.

Meanwhile, asked how they carried an AK 47 on a moped, DCP Balakrishna said the accused had hid the gun in a bag and carried it on their thighs.

The DCP reiterated that the militants had fired three rounds from the weapon. The local police did not clarify how the militants entered the ring road around 11.45 pm when the police had already barricaded the road around 11 pm.

Pak terrorists’ arrest kicks up controversy

Sunday October 29 2006, NEWINDPRESS.COM

MYSORE/BANGALORE: The Thursday midnight police encounter in Mysore in which two Pakistani terrorists were overpowered and arrested with a blueprint to blow up the twin temples of democratic power in Karnataka — the Vidhan Soudha and Vikas Soudha – has kicked up a major controversy.

While the police displayed an upbeat mood, the episode has many gaping holes and loose ends.

So, was all this stage-managed to divert the attention of the public from another late night encounter of a different kind that took place in Bangalore less than 24 hours back where Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy's son, Nikhil Kumar Gowda, was caught in an unsavoury brawl while demanding food from a restaurant at 4.15 am? This is the question doing the rounds in political circles in Bangalore.

First the official police version: Two men – Fahad alias Nedu Thanni alias Mohammad Koya and Mohmamad Ali Hussain alias Jahangir – were flagged to halt by a late night patrol party while they were going on a moped. They did not and instead opened fire. The police retaliated and in the battle of bullets, the two were overpowered. Two policemen were ‘injured’.

The police found them carrying an AK-47 rifle, an Afghan-made revolver, 20 SIM cards, passport and driving licence issued from Mysore. They were then identified as Pakistanis belonging to the Al-Badr group and had plans to blow up the two Soudhas.

One version was that they were also planning a major operation at the building housing the Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL) as many foreigners were studying there.

According to Mysore Police Commissioner Praveen Sood, the encounter took place on the Mysore-Hunsur Ring Road. Later, the police raided the rented house of the militants in Rajivnagar and seized a laptop, chemicals, a CD on bomb manufacturing and a book on Osama bin Laden. The two were reportedly operating an STD phone booth.

Now some loopholes. The owner of the house, Kanthamma, said that the two were picked up by the police two weeks ago. Sood, however, denied Kanthamma's claim and maintained that the two were arrested during the encounter only.

Interestingly, Karnataka's Home Minister MP Prakash admitted that ''we had received a tip-off from Central intelligence agencies about the presence of Pakastan-based terrorists, identified the duo who were kept on a constant watch. We waited till they committed some offence. The time came this morning and they were nabbed''.

Another factor that did not go amiss was that the encounter took place at midnight and the police held a press conference at 6 am. Normally the terrorists are subjected to tough interrogation and then the arrest is announced the next day.

The policemen who were injured were found without their bandage just hours later when they raided the house of the terrorists. The police claimed that Fahad and Hussain were injured in the encounter, but their arrest picture did not show any bandage.