Six TNLA terrorists convicted in Puducherry Pipe Bomb case
On Friday, a National Investigation Agency (NIA) Court in Puducherry has convicted all six accused Tamil fundamentalists in the Puducherry bomb case. Special NIA judge J Selvandhan booked the convicts following an investigation and charge sheet against them registered on September 30, 2014.
An explosive was planted near the residence of former Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanswamy. One of the staff members at the Minister’s house had discovered the explosive, commercial ‘Gelx‘, on January 23, 2014. Subsequently, the police confirmed that the bomb could have been lethal as it comprised 12 electrical detonators.
An investigation by NIA had revealed that accused Thiruselvam was an active member of Tamil Nadu Liberation Army (TNLA), a proscribed terrorist organization. He also conducted a series of conspiracy meetings at Odaikkal village, Ramnad District, at the residence of co-accused John Martin, and at Siravayal village in Sivagangai District with associates Thangaraj, Kaviarasan, Kalailingam, Karthik, and John Martin.
An NIA’s press release stated that the accused have been booked under various sections of the IPC, Unlawful Activity (Prevention) Act, 1967, and Explosive Substances Act, 1908.
The NIA-led investigation established that the accused persons had conspired against the Government of India to cause an IED explosion in the form of pipe bombs.
The NIA Court accorded five accused 7 years of rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs.3500 each.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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