Bengaluru: NIA detains key suspect linked to Rameshwaram cafe blast

The explosion, executed through an IED bomb triggered by a timer at the popular eatery in the Bengaluru’s Brookefield area is being investigated by the NIA, in collaboration with the Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the Bengaluru Police.
Fire teams at the Rameshwaram Cafe
Fire teams at the Rameshwaram CafeTwitter/monikamanchanda
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The National Investigation Agency (NIA), on Wednesday, March 14, detained a key suspect linked to the Rameshwaram Cafe IED blast incident in Bengaluru. According to India Today, the suspect was detained in Bellary district, Karnataka and is believed to have been an accomplice to the bomber, who was captured on security camera footage leaving a bag at the cafe on the day of the explosion.

However, the bomber remains at large, with efforts ongoing to locate him by the NIA. Karnataka's home minister G Parameshwara on March 11, said that investigators have identified the suspect, and efforts are on to nab him. He said the investigators are verifying the suspect's identity and are “getting closer to him”. The NIA has offered a reward of Rs 10 lakh for any information leading to the arrest of the bomber, assuring the confidentiality of informants' identities.

The blast, which occurred on March 1 at the Rameshwaram cafe in Bengaluru, resulted in ten injuries. The explosion, executed through an IED bomb triggered by a timer at the popular eatery in the Bengaluru’s Brookefield area is being investigated by the NIA, in collaboration with the Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the Bengaluru Police.

Following the blast, Rameshwaram Cafe resumed its operations on March 8, a week after the blast, with heightened security measures. Measures include the installation of metal detectors at the entrance and screening of customers using handheld detectors to ensure the safety of both patrons and staff members.

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