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“Mastermind” and man who put IED in Rameswaram Cafe explosion in Bengaluru are apprehended by NIA

Bengaluru cafe blast: Two have been identified as Mussavir Hussain Shazib, who placed IED, and Abdul Matheen Taha, the mastermind behind the execution of blast.

In a noteworthy development, the Rameswaram Cafe bombing case near Kolkata in West Bengal on March 1st was linked to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which on Friday arrested two individuals, including the “mastermind.”

The persons have been identified as Mussavir Hussain Shazib, the accused who placed the IED at the café, and Abdul Matheen Taha, the mastermind behind the planning and execution of the blast, the NIA said in a statement.

“The NIA was successful in tracking down the fugitives near Kolkata, where they were sheltering under fictitious names, early on April 12, 2024. In an NIA statement, it was stated that “vigorous coordinated action and cooperation between NIA, Central Intelligence agencies and State Police agencies of West Bengal, Telengana (Telangana), Karnataka, and Kerala police ably supported this pursuit, which was successfully accomplished by NIA.”

It further stated, “Abdel Matheen Taha is the mastermind behind the planning, execution of the blast, and subsequent evasion from the clutches of law. Muskavir Hussain Shazib is the accused who placed the IED at the café.”

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A cash prize of ₹10 lakh had been offered by the NIA earlier for information leading to the identity of the bomber in relation to the explosion at the Rameshwaram cafe in Bengaluru. Additionally, the agency emphasized that the identity of the informants will remain anonymous.

The FBI also unveiled a photo of the bomber, taken from CCTV footage as he was storing a backpack in the well-known Rameshwaram Cafe in Bengaluru’s Brookfield neighborhood.

The bomber may be seen wearing black pants, black shoes, and a cap in the photo that the NIA provided.

“Any information leading to his (the bomber’s) arrest shall be rewarded,” the NIA emphasized in the post.

Three days after the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) turned over the investigation into the

This article is originally published by Hindustantimes.

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