NIA Identifies Accused Behind Rameshwaram Café Blast, Announces Rewards For Information

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New Delhi/Bengaluru, 5th April 2024: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has intensified its investigation into the Rameshwaram Café Blast that occurred on March 1, 2024, at ITPL Road, Whitefield, Bengaluru (RC-01/2024/NIA/BLR).

In a significant development, NIA has identified the prime accused in the case as Mussavir Hussain Shazib, with Abdul Matheen Taahaa identified as a co-conspirator. Both individuals hail from Thirthahalli, Shivamogga District, Karnataka.

Additionally, Muzammil Shareef, a resident of Khalsa, Chikkamagaluru, was arrested on March 26, 2024, for providing logistical support to the main accused persons. Shareef has been examined in police custody as part of the ongoing investigation.

In a bid to apprehend the absconding accused, NIA conducted searches at 18 locations across Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Uttar Pradesh. A reward of rupees Ten Lakhs has been declared for each of the absconders, effective as of March 29, 2024.

As part of their investigative efforts, NIA has been summoning and examining individuals associated with the accused, including their acquaintances from college and school. However, due to the sensitive nature of the case and the potential risks involved, NIA emphasizes the importance of maintaining the confidentiality of witness identities.

The agency also cautions against the dissemination of unverified news items, which could impede the progress of the investigation. NIA urges the cooperation of the public in assisting law enforcement authorities in the apprehension of the absconding accused persons.

The Rameshwaram Café Blast case is being treated as a terror incident, and NIA is leaving no stone unturned in its efforts to gather evidence and information to ensure justice is served.