Searches were conducted at many places in Chennai, Coimbatore, and some other locations in the State
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) launched simultaneous searches at several places across Tamil Nadu in connection with its ongoing probe into October 23 Coimbatore LPG cylinder explosion that occurred in a car, sources said on Thursday.
Investigators were acting on inputs from intelligence agencies and information revealed by five suspects arrested in the Coimbatore car blast, the sources said. Preliminary information revealed that the searches were on at many places in Chennai, Coimbatore, and some other locations in the State.
The NIA sleuths commenced searches with the backup of Tamil Nadu police on the premises of persons they suspected of being IS activists or sympathizers in Kottamedu, Ponvizha Nagar, Rathinapuri, and Ukkadam areas.
In Coimbatore, NIA officials began conducting searches at nearly 20 locations. Door-to-door searches are on at a housing board in Pullukadu, near Ukkadam. Searches are also underway at Kottaimedu, Podanur, Kuniyamuthur, and Selvapuram.
Tamil Nadu Police so far has arrested over half a dozen people in connection with the case, and have invoked the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). Those arrested are learned to be associates of Jameesha Mubin, who died in suspicious circumstances after an LPG cylinder inside a Maruti 800 he was driving exploded near a temple around 4 am.
The Central anti-terror agency’s massive search occurred nearly 15 days after it registered a case following the Counter Terrorism and Counter Radicalization (CTCR) division of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued an order asking it to start a probe into the matter. The MHA order was issued a day after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin recommended for NIA probe in the case.
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