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Coimbatore car blast : Deceased relative’s house raided

Date:

 In a significant development, the

special teams, probing the Sunday’s Coimbatore LPG car

blast case in which a radicalised IS person was killed,

today raided the premises of his relative and seized

some incriminating documents including a laptop that

is expected to throw more details in the case.

Police sources said the investigating team questioned

the 28-year-old man for several hours, following which

his residence was searched on the basis of grilling

five people arrested in connection with the incident.

During the searches, a laptop was seized from the house

and it has been sent for cyber analysis.

The searches followed preliminary invesigations conducted

with the five associates–before their judicial remand–of

the mastermind, who was killed in the car blast, and were

involved in shifting a huge bag from his house a couple of

hours prior to the blast.

It may be recalled that the mastermind Jameesha Mubin,

a radicalised IS person,was killed early on Sunday when

one of the two LPG cylinders carried in car along with

marbles and nails, exploded in front of a temple in

Coimbatore, apparently a ploy reviving the grim reminder

of the 1998 serial blasts, as his links with some of the

terror outfit leaders was unravelled.

After the blast, police raided Mubin’s house and seized

more than 75 kgs of explosive materials and a potential

plot targetting select installations in that city.

This prompted the Tamil Nadu government to transfer the

investigation into the case to the NIA as five of those

arrested in the case, had purportedly links with terror

outfits.

The decision to recommend a NIA probe was taken at a high

level meeting chaired by Chief Minister M.K.Stalin in which

the present law and order situation in the state was

discussed, apart from the present status of the blast probe

and the precautionary measures put in place in Coimbatore

to prevent recurrence of such incidents in future.

The Coimbatore Police had invoked Sections 16 (punishment

for terrorist act) and 18 (punishment for conspiracy, etc.)

of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act against the

accused, after finding prima facie evidence of a suspected

terror plot, considering the materials found at Mubin’s

house and the presence of two LPG cylinders, nails, marbles

and chemicals in the car, possibly meant for a high impact

explosion.

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