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Main accused in Kozhikode twin blast case held

December 29, 2009 15:48 IST

The Kerala police on Tuesday arrested Parapanagadi Yosuf, the main accused in the 2006 Kozhikode twin bomb blast case and a confidant of suspected Lashkar-e-Tayiba militant T Naseer.

Yosuf was nabbed at 2 am from nearby Ambelamedu and the National Investigation Team, which is probing the blast case, has been informed, police said.

Yosuf admitted during interrogations that acting on the directions of Naseer, the main accused in the 2005 Tamil Nadu bus burning case, he had gone to Kannur and brought the bombs. They were wrapped in a polythene packet and placed at the mofussil and state transport bus stands in Kozhikode on March 3, 2006, the police claimed.

On September 9, 2005, when a Tamil Nadu bus was burnt at nearby Kalamassery, he along with T Naseer, now in the custody of Karnataka police, and another accused Ummer Farook, were at the house of People's Democratic Party leader Abdul Nasser Madani's wife Soofiya -- listed as the 10th accused in the case, the police said.

Halim, another accused arrested in the case, had informed Soofiya immediately after the bus was set afire, Yosuf told the police.

They said Yosuf was a close friend of terror suspect Abdul Rahim, the Keralite youth allegedly recruited for militant activities in Kashmir, who later died there.

Yosuf was also selected to go to Kashmir but language was a problem so he could not go, they said, adding that Yosuf had participated in the terror camps at Hyderabad.

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