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NIA search  again in TN

NIA search again in TN

As a part of its ongoing investigation into the Coimbatore car blast case,  the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is conducting search operations at 45 locations in the state on Thursday.  As many as 30 places were raided in Coimbatore.

NIA sleuths along with the state police officials started the search operations during the early morning hours on Thursday at the residence of those who were suspected to be involved in the incidents.Kottaimedu, Rathinapuri, Ukkadam and  Ponvizha Nagar were among the areas that were being raided in Coimbatore. 
The search operations have come  almost 15 days after the agency has registered an FIR following a direction from the Counter  Terrorism and Counter  Radicalization (CTCR) division of the union home ministry.  

The direction was issued a day after the Chief Minister MK Stalin had sought for an NIA probe in the case. In the recommendation letter, he had sought the MHA to transfer the investigation of LPG cylinders blast in a car near a temple in Coimbatore killing its suspected mastermind – 29-year-old  Jameesha Mubin – on October 23 to the NIA and directed police to tighten monitoring and security in the city. 

The city police, meanwhile, have arrested six people - Mohammad Thalka (25), Mohammad Asarudheen (25), Muhammad Riyaz (27), Feroz Ismail (27), Mohammad Navaz Ismail (27), and Afsar Khan, a relative of the deceased - for their alleged role in the incident  and have  invoked Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). They have also seized materials used to make explosives including potassium nitrate, charcoal, sulphur and aluminium powder. 

The deceased was earlier questioned by the NIA sleuths in 2019 following  the Easter blast in Sri Lanka. Rejecting the claims that the incident was planned by an extremist organization, police have said that it to be a lone wolf attack.