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NIA Seeks Public Assistance to Identify Bengaluru Cafe Blast Suspect

NIA Seeks Public Assistance to Identify Bengaluru Cafe Blast Suspect
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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has unveiled new images of a suspect believed to be connected to the Bengaluru Rameshwaram Cafe blast, which left 10 people injured. The anti-terror agency, taking charge of the case on March 3, is urging the public’s help in identifying the individual suspected of planting an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in the popular eatery on March 1.

CCTV footage captured the prime suspect boarding a bus approximately an hour after the cafe blast occurred at 12:56 pm on March 1. The timestamp on the video reads 2:03 pm. The suspect, clad in a T-shirt, cap, and facemask, was seen leaving a bag containing the IED in the cafe.

In another video from the same day around 9 pm, the suspect is observed at a bus station. The NIA is offering a reward of ₹10 lakh for any valuable information leading to the suspect’s identification and apprehension.

The Central Crime Branch of the Bengaluru police is collaborating with the NIA, and two individuals, a cloth merchant from Kaul Bazaar in Ballari district and a cadre associated with the banned Popular Front of India (PFI), have been arrested in connection with the case.

The investigation team reveals that the suspect changed clothes and traveled by bus to different locations, including Tumakuru, Ballari, Bidar, and Bhatkal, after the incident. CCTV footage indicates the suspect frequently altered appearance to avoid detection.

Enhanced security measures have been implemented as the Rameshwaram Cafe resumed operations. Metal detectors at the entrance and screening using handheld detectors are now in place to ensure the safety of patrons and staff.

Raghavendra Rao, co-founder and CEO of The Rameshwaram Cafe, stated, “We have strengthened our security team and are also trying to set up a separate panel involving ex-servicemen who could train our security guards at all our branches.”

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