Coimbatore car blast: NIA raids across Tamil Nadu

The National Investigation Agency Thursday launched raids at several places across Tamil Nadu in the follow up the Coimbatore car explosion.

NIA teams commenced simultaneous searches with the backup of Tamil Nadu police on the premises of persons they suspected of being IS activists or sympathisers, The Hindu reported.

In Coimbatore alone, sleuths of the national probe agency have conducted raids at 21 places including Kotdamedu, Ukkadam and Ponvizha Nagar.

Investigators claimed they were acting on inputs from intelligence agencies and information revealed by five suspects arrested in the Coimbatore car blast.

In Coimbatore, NIA officials began conducting searches at nearly 20 locations, according to the newspaper.

The central agency is probing the source and supply network of funds and explosive substances to the accused in the blast in which Jameesha Mubin, a suspected suicide bomber, died on 23 October this year, a day before Deepavali.

Police had arrested Muhammad Thalha, Muhammad Azharudhin, Muhammad Riyas, Muhammed Nawaz, Firoz Ismai, and Afzar Khan under draconian UAPA on charges of allegedly assisting Mubin for procuring explosives and helping to transport the items the previous night of the blast.

Six accused who were arrested and remanded in Coimbatore Central Jail were produced before the NIA Court in Poonamallee, Chennai, on Tuesday. All six of them were remanded to judicial custody until November 22, following which they were brought back to the Coimbatore Central Jail.