Doctor's passport confirms he went to Iran
BANGALORE: Investigation into the two recently busted terror modules confirmed that two of the 14 arrested suspects had indeed taken beyond the country's shores their search for logistics support for their plans.
Sources privy to the investigation said the passport of Hubli-based Dr Zafar Iqbal Sholapur, 26, one of the 14 suspects, proves he landed in Iran in Dec. 2011. This document was recently recovered from his Hubli residence.
Another arrested suspect, Abdul Hakim Jamadar, 25, had in his voluntary statement admitted that he and Dr Sholapur had taken an Al Arabia flight from Bangalore to Tehran on Dec. 11, 2011. The duo later crossed the Iran-Pakistan border in a truck and landed in Godhwar town.
"Dr Sholapur's passport clearly shows that the doctor stayed for over a month in Iran. According to Jamadar's voluntary statement, he and the doctor stayed for eight days in Iran before moving to Pakistan. We're trying to gather further evidence of their stay in Iran and later movement to Pakistan," investigating police officers said.
Families of both Jamadar and Dr Sholapur claim they didn't have any knowledge of the Iran visit. Jamadar's father, Abdul Sattar, told TOI his son had gone to Kuwait in search of a job. "He returned home due to his deteriorating health," he said.
However, the doctor's father, assistant conservator of forests Sheikh Rahmat Sholapur said he had no knowledge of his son's foreign tour. At an earlier press meet, Sholapur Sr had strongly refuted allegations his son had gone to Iran and Pakistan.
Sheik Rahmat told TOI on Friday, "I never knew my son even had a passport. But the minute I found it in his wardrobe at home, I handed it over to the police," he said.
Accused to be taken to Maharashtra, AP
Police sources said some of the 14 terror suspects will be taken to Hyderabad and Maharashtra for interrogation. "We have to gather more evidence and take a few more suspects to custody," they added.