A rumor is spread that Abdul Salim is arrested in the Rameswaram cafe blast case in Bengaluru!

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Breaking Bharat! Islamist Terrorist & PFI Member Abdul Salim has been arrested by the National Investigation Agency ( NIA ) from Andhra Pradesh in the IED blast in Rameswaram Cafe in Karnataka.

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Explanation

A bombing occurred in the well-known Rameshwaram Cafe in Karnataka on March 1, 2024. Ten people were hurt in the explosion, which sent shockwaves through the neighborhood. The explosion, which happened inside the cafe was a startling occurrence that took everyone off guard. The main suspect in the explosion is a masked man who purchased food from the cafe, according to investigators. The reason for the attack is still unknown, but it is thought that this person planted the bomb on purpose.

In the meantime, a picture of a man with a long beard and a black skull cap is going around. He was also observed sporting eyeglasses. This post is shared with a claim stating, “Islamist Terrorist & PFI Member Abdul Salim has been arrested by National Investigation Agency ( NIA ) from Andhra Pradesh in the IED blast in Rameswaram Cafe in Karnataka.” You can view related posts with similar claims here, here, and here.

What’s the truth?

We started our initial analysis by using pertinent keywords on Google like, ‘Bangalore blast arrest’ and ‘Rameshwaram café blast arrest.’ This led us to some reports stating such claims as baseless rumors.

The article states that the Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the Bengaluru police is conducting the primary investigations.

The home minister, Parameshwara, disclosed that the explosion-causing Improvised Explosive Device (IED) had vertically burst nails and nuts. He informed the reporters, “It would have been life-threatening if they had exploded sideways.”
He drew parallels between the incident at the restaurant and the Mangaluru cooker explosion in November 2022.

Meanwhile, there were a lot of rumors going around on social media that someone by the name of Abdul Saleem had been arrested in connection with the Bengaluru blast at Mydukur in Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh. Bengaluru and Kadapa police officers refuted the allegations.

Saleem is a Popular Front of India (PFI) leader wanted in a case in Telangana,” a Kadapa police officer said, but he has no connection with the Bengaluru case. The claims are baseless.”
The report also stated that Saleem was detained on March 2 by the NIA in connection with the Nizamabad PFI case, which involved “an anti-India conspiracy by the banned outfit to carry out acts of terror and violence.” According to the central agency, the accused in the case was the state secretary for the PFI Telangana North.

When we searched further, on March 3, the YouTube page iNEWS posted a news headline titled “PFI chief Abdul Salim arrested in Kadapa” referring to the same photo that was going viral.

We also got this Bengaluru Police Commissioner’s statement on March 02 on his X page. It said, “The investigation of this case has been handed over to the Central Crime Branch (CCB). Those injured in the incident are recovering. “No one has been arrested so far in connection with this case,” it can be seen.

Today, the Business Standard published an article stating that the investigation was turned over to the NIA, with the suspect being untraceable.

All of this data confirms and validates that Abdul Salim was not detained in connection with the explosion at the Rameshwaram café. Actually, he is detained in the PFI case in Nizamabad.

Conclusion:

To sum up, the viral image claiming to show the accused arrested in Andhra Pradesh in connection to the IED blast in Rameswaram Cafe in Karnataka is completely false and untrue. The police officials have refuted such claims and asked the media not to indulge in speculation.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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