Coimbatore. One of the six accused in the Coimbatore blasts case has confessed to the charge during interrogation. He has said that he had met two people in a Kerala jail who had links with the ISIS group involved in the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka. According to police sources, Firoz Ismail admitted that he had met Mohammad Azharuddin and Rashid Ali, who are lodged in a jail in Kerala. Further inquiries are being made to ascertain the motive of this meeting. Police said the five accused were taken to their homes and searched.
Meanwhile, police continued to check vehicles in Coimbatore district. He took possession of the unclaimed motorcycle and car parked on the side of the road. Apart from this, the authorities have also intensified the checking of vehicles at the police and forest posts on the border of Tamil Nadu with Kerala. Police are also conducting searches at the premises of suspects in other parts of the state.
Blast happened a day before Diwali
It is worth noting that a day before Diwali, Jamisha Mubeen, who was traveling in her car, was killed when a cylinder in her car exploded. Later 75 kg of explosives including potassium nitrate was recovered from Mubeen’s house. At the same time, Tamil Nadu Governor R. N. Ravi termed the car blast as an attempt to carry out a major terror attack. He said the explosives and chemicals found later were enough to suggest that they had planned a series of attacks.
Car blast terrorist incident – Governor
The Governor was addressing a program at JSS Institute of Naturopathy and Yogic Science and Hospitals here. Ravi said, “The incident that happened a few days back in the district was an attempt to carry out a major terror attack. The question is that when the Tamil Nadu Police caught the suspects within a few hours, why did it take more than four days to call the NIA.
Governor said – terrorists do not belong to anyone
He said that we know that terrorists do not do different things. They are part of a larger network. What they were doing was part of a bigger conspiracy. Coimbatore is a well-known place for conspiracy terrorists.” Ravi said, “Those involved in the car blast case were on our radar in the past. Where did we go wrong? Did our surveillance system not work?
FIRST PUBLISHED : October 28, 2022, 19:51 IST