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Bangalore police have little information on UK terror plot

Vicky Nanjappa in Bangalore | December 10, 2007 14:14 IST

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The Bangalore police, which conducted a parallel investigation into the United Kingdom terror plot, will now have to share information with their counterparts in the UK after the former made a formal requisition for the same.

Ever since the Bangalore angle to the UK terror plot surfaced, the Bangalore police have probed into the matter by finding out the antecedents of the Ahmed brothers, Kafeel and Sabeel.

The Bangalore police have two hard disks belonging to Kafeel Ahmed, an engineer, which they had seized from his house. The disks had been sent to the Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory, Hyderabad, for decoding.

However, the police did not find much relevant information on the disks pertaining to the UK terror plot. The disks, which were of 120 GB capacity, contained speeches made by religious leaders and jihadi literature.

The police had come to the conclusion that possession of such videos was not an offence and also stated that the contents of the disk were not connected with the UK terror plot.

Apart from this, the Bangalore police had also questioned the family members of the brothers and learned their activities and the people they used to meet.

According to the information available with the police, Kafeel was more of an extremist compared to his brother Sabeel, a doctor who was arrested on charges of concealing information regarding the plot.

The police also have information on what Kafeel had told his family the day before the attack on the Glasgow airport. He is said to have told his family that 'the time had come' and also asked them to pray for his success. Although there was no direct mention of his intentions, the Bangalore police feel that his words do indicate that he was preparing himself for a mission. Kafeel perished in the attack.

There were also reports on how Kafeel had spent hours learning how to make bombs. Kafeel had left for the UK from Bangalore on May 5. Before leaving he had told his parents that he was involved in a confidential project and may not be accessible on the phone.

The Bangalore police, however, do not have much information on his brother Sabeel, who, according to friends and neighbours, was a docile person who did not display any extremist emotions.