One more arrested for car blast in Coimbatore

Chennai: The Special Investigation Team of the Tamil Nadu police probing the October 23 car blast in Coimbatore has nabbed one more person, taking the total number of arrests to six.

Identified as Afzal Khan, the sixth person arrested is a relative of Jamisha Mubin, who died in the car blast.

Investigators have also found that the accused, including Mubin, had planned serial blasts in Coimbatore and neighboring cities.

While Jameesha Mubin was killed on Sunday morning, five of his accomplices, including Mohamed Thalha, son of Al-Umma founder SA Basha’s brother, were planning a series of blasts.

Police have also issued notices to major online stores as the accused have given evidence that the chemicals, including potassium nitrate, sulfur and other materials, were purchased through online sites. Police said that while there was a huge stock of these raw materials that could be used to make village bombs, the purchase was made in small quantities.

Police have found evidence that Jamisha Mubin’s arrested accomplices had contact with IS operatives.

According to the Coimbatore police, which conducted the preliminary investigation, the arrested persons Mohammed Azharudhin, Mohammed Talka, Firoze Ismail, Mohammed Riyaz and Mohammed Nawas Ismail were attracted to the IS ideology and drew inspiration from the dreaded terror outfit. It may be noted that Firoze Ismail was deported in 2020 from UAE due to his contacts with the dreaded terrorist group.

The Tamil Nadu government has already recommended an NIA probe into the case. A team of NIA detectives led by DIG KB Vandana was in Coimbatore and conducted a preliminary investigation into the case.

Coimbatore was a sensitive city in South India and a large serial blast on 14 February 1998 rocked the city. The explosions were carried out in 12 places in 11 districts of the city, aimed mainly at the then Deputy Prime Minister of the country LK Advani. The explosions, conceptualized and carried out by the dreaded Islamist organization Al-Umma, left 58 dead and 200 seriously injured.

What makes matters worse is that one of the accused in the October 23 car blast case, Muhammad Talha, is the son of Nawab Khan, brother of SA Basha, the founder of Al-Ummah.

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