NIA conducts searches in Tamil Nadu, Kerala; Six arrested


New Delhi: Six people were arrested in connection with the Coimbatore bomb blast case, officials said on Thursday.

The arrests were made after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted searches at 43 locations in Tamil Nadu and one location in Kerala, reports news agency ANI.

NIA officials also seized digital devices and incriminating documents from these sites.

The searches were conducted in connection with a case related to the blast of a car bomb laden with explosives in front of the Kottai Eswaran temple in Coimbatore district on October 23 this year, the report said.

“These searches were conducted in eight districts of Tamil Nadu, namely Chennai, Coimbatore, Thiruvallur, Thiruppur, Nilgiris, Chengalpatu, Kanchipuram and Nagapattinam. One location had also been conducted in Palakkad district of Kerala,” it said. you can read in an official statement.

On October 23, a car loaded with two gas cylinders exploded near a temple in Coimbatore. The blast occurred near the Kottai Eswaran temple and killed a 25-year-old man, identified as Jamesha Mubeen.

According to the police, Mubeen (25), who was an engineering graduate, was previously questioned by the NIA in 2019 for alleged terror links.

The NIA statement said the accused persons had conspired with the late Jamesha Mubeen to procure various chemicals and other ingredients for the manufacture of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), including vehicle-borne IEDs, from procurement platforms in line to commit terrorist acts.

Further investigations are ongoing, the agency added.

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