for Hindustan Times on Feb. 5, 2008
Hubli, Karnataka, India: A suspected militant arrested in January 2008 has told police that he was to carry out bomb blasts in 11 places in Karnataka and Goa, including IT campuses and the ISKCON temple, but could not do so as RDX [explosive nitroamine widely used in military and industrial applications] from Pakistan failed to reach him.
Mohammed Asif, an MBBS student of Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, who was among three suspected militants arrested in January 2008 from Hubli and Davanagere, told the interrogators that he could not translate his terror plans into action as he could not get 50 kg of RDX from Pakistan, police said on Sunday.
The places identified by Asif in Hubli for bomb attacks included Siddaroodha Mutt, railway station, ISKCON temple, airport, besides IT establishments.
Asif also admitted during questioning that he had identified five places in Goa for terror attacks, police said.
He told police that two of his associates studying in KIMS had gone missing soon after his arrest.
Police claimed Asif had been funded by the Islamic Development Council.
The two other suspected militants, Riyazuddin Nasir and Asadullah Abubakkar, were brought to Hubli on Sunday and handed over to the city Crime Branch for further questioning.
The trio are expected to be subjected to narco-analysis test at Bangalore on Monday, sources said.
Meanwhile various Hindu organisations in Hubli have demanded a ban on vehicular movement around ISCKON temple in Hubli in the wake of threat to the temple.
Despite submitting memorandum to authorities regarding the threat, no action has been taken so far, Udupi District VHP President Raghavendra Acharya alleged at a press conference in Hubli.
He also demanded a ban on parking of vehicles on the Car Street leading to the temple.