Islamic outfit owns up Mangaluru auto blast, says temple was target | India News


MANGALURU: A little-known radical Islamic outfit has claimed responsibility for the Mangaluru autorickshaw blast and said the target of the botched operation was a temple in the coastal city, even as the Karnataka government formally handed over the investigation of the blast case to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday.
Mangaluru police said they would investigate the veracity of the note sent by Islamic Resistance Council (IRC). ADGP (law and order) Alok Kumar said the probe would also cover the activities and antecedents of the alleged organisation.
State home minister Araga Jnanendra, meanwhile, issued a statement saying the government had written to the Union home ministry recommending an NIA investigation. State DGP&IG Praveen Sood had said the NIA and other central agencies were working with state police on the case from day one.
In Mangaluru, police refused to confirm or comment on whether the accused had wanted to target places of worship in the city.
On November 19, an explosion occurred in an autorickshaw, leaving the passenger, identified as Mohammed Shariq (24), a key suspect in the case, and its driver with burns. They are being treated at a hospital in Mangaluru.
The IRC’s note claimed Shariq had attempted to attack “a temple in Kadri”, and that it (the operation) “was still a success”. It said they were forced into “the path of resistance by oppressive laws and legislation (which seek) to suppress us and interfere in our religion”.



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