Major police operation in Chittoor - two terror suspects held

Bangalore/Chennai/Hyderabad: Oct 6  (DHNS) :  An 11-hour operation on Saturday by security forces at Puttur, a small town in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, culminated in the arrest of  two prime suspects in the April 17, 2013, Malleshwaram bomb blasts case.

It was a joint operation by the Tamil Nadu Police and an elite counter-terror force from Andhra Pradesh. Bilal Mallik (25) from Nelpettai, Madurai and Panna Ismail (38) from Melapalayam, Tirunelveli, were staying at rented accommodation in Puttur.

The operation began in the early hours of Saturday at Medara street in Puttur.

It turned into a battle of nerves as Bilal and Panna attacked the police with knives to resist arrest.

“The two persons inside the house attacked an inspector of the Tamil Nadu Police with sharp weapons, causing him grievous injuries. He was rescued by other officers and in the process, one round was fired by the police in self-defence to avert further attacks on the inspector,” Tamil Nadu Director-General of Police

K Ramanujam told Deccan Herald. The officer is recovering at a private hospital in Chennai.
Soon, a team of Octopus (Organisation for Counter-Terrorist Operations) commandos from Hyderabad joined the Tamil Nadu and Chittoor police under the supervision of Chittoor SP Kranti Rana Tata.

They cordoned off the area and lobbed tear gas shells inside the house. Bilal and Panna were taken to Chennai in an ambulance.

H M Omkaraiah, investigating officer of the Malleshwaram blasts case, described the arrests as a major breakthrough.

Though 14 arrests have already been made in the case, Bilal and Panna were the first among the alleged masterminds to have landed in police net.

They were also wanted by the Tamil Nadu Police for the recent murders of right-wing leaders S Veliyappan and S Ramesh.

Veliyappan, a Munnani leader, was hacked to death on July 1. Ramesh, state general secretary of the BJP, was murdered on July 19 in Salem.

A special investigation division formed by the Tamil Nadu Police had identified them as prime accused in the murder cases and announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh for any information on them.

Sources said the Tamil Nadu Police were led to the Puttur hideout by another terror suspect, Fakruddin (38), who was arrested in Chennai two days ago.

Fakruddin was also wanted in the Malleshwaram blasts case. The Andhra Pradesh Police claimed to have foiled an attempt to unleash terror on the Tirupati “Brahmotsavam” with the arrests.

The Tamil Nadu Police, however, said they were planning to attack an “umbrella procession” in Chennai and not the Brahmotsavam in Tirupati.

The terror suspects had moved into the house a couple of months ago and introduced themselves as scarp merchants. It is learnt that they were seldom seen during the day.


Comment on this article

  • Raj Shetty, UAE

    Sun, Oct 6 2013

    Secularism is resposnsible for all this terroirsm activities or else scriptures never support terrosrism

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  • Vashal, Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 6 2013

    Ramesh S,Mangalore,

    Plz do not play everything on politicks.Comment only in the place it needed.This is a national Issue & all we support the whatever govt will it be.we need live peacefully by uprooting the terror from the grass root.

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  • Ramesh S, mangalore

    Sun, Oct 6 2013

    Vashal,..You can not be diplomatic all the times..Fact is fact..unless you give a chance to introspect, how can people realise what they are doing??..Vote bank politricks making people to believe in conspiracy & instilling unknown much so that they are now justifying/believing that, what ever they are doing is for their own survival/existence!!..Day will come no one will be spared..

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangalore

    Sun, Oct 6 2013

    Good news in nabbing two terrorist in Chittoor.Hope the police department will succeed in getting more information about other terror attacks of India.Thanq.

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  • Chandu Shetty, Yekkur

    Sun, Oct 6 2013

    This is fake encounter..They all innocence..Shinde give to CBI this case.One of the police officer died but he was not murdered!!

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  • Michael, Mulky/San Fransisco

    Sun, Oct 6 2013

    These traitors should be inflicted with so much internal wounds that they should cry out day and night out of pain. They are killing innocent people of their own country which gave them everything. Very sad to see terrorists targeting innocent people all around the world. God knows what they want to achieve out of this.

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  • koraga, mangalore

    Sun, Oct 6 2013


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  • Ramesh S, mangalore

    Sun, Oct 6 2013

    .i always maintained that reeling under conspiracy theories & silence of the section of society about their misguided youths will burn them sooner or later..Todays INDIAN EXPRESS reports that IM & affiliates org., planning to target Muslim leaders who are pro India..Some of the prominent leaders in hit list are,Dr Shahid Badr Falahi,Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Sadiq, Mahmood Arshad Madani a Rajya Sabha MP,Maulana Mahmood Madani, the general secretary of Jamiat-Ulema Hind & list goes on..Anybody listening..

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  • Sheik M, Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 6 2013

    Ramesh S,

    First look at the background of newspaper, Indian express. It's a sangh influenced newspaper. How one can we expect,how much truth is weighing in it? Being a sangh member its your right to depend the news. Such conspiracy related folks can be seen in plenty such newspapers

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  • Ramesh S, mangalore

    Mon, Oct 7 2013

    Sheikh, i believe its a JI influenced newspaper..Its our imagination..It was quoted that report was based on Yaseen bhatkals revelation..aLSO Please read NEW AGE ISLAM web portal, is run by muslim intelectuals, clerics & leading journalists not by RSS..believing or not believing left you..

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  • Ramesh S, mangalore

    Sun, Oct 6 2013

    ..Is Shinde reading news paper..he wants head counts of terror suspects in jails..Police should encounter & roll out these terrorist heads instead of catching,sending to jail..still Shakeel & Diggy maintains these are member of Sangh parivar!!

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  • Ramakrishna. K. , Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 6 2013

    Arresting Terror suspects is good. But don't forget to give them 5 Star treatment, otherwise our Home Minister Shinde will become Naaraaz.

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