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Coimbatore blast: NIA likely to take over investigation tomorrow, VHP leader to visit spot

ANI | Updated: Oct 28, 2022 20:54 IST

Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) [India], October 28 (ANI): The cylinder blast in Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore blast has been the epicentre of attention since the day of occurrence of the incident on October 23. With the transfer of the case to the National Investigation Agency, the probe into the case is likely to begin on Saturday.
Besides this, Vishva Hindu Parishad general secretary Sthanumalayan is likely to visit the blast spot tomorrow and he is also likely to interact with the media thereafter, according to the sources.
The chain of events is on a stretch with the BJP all set to hold a dawn-to-dusk strike on October 31 to protest against the car cylinder blast that took place on October 23 in Ukkadam.
Coimbatore Collectorate and Commissionarate is having discussion with both Hindu and Muslim community to maintain peace.
Federation of All Jamat Political Party and Islamic Movement have met Coimbatore Commissioner in person today and asked to provide proper security for BJP planned strike.
On the other hand, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat will reach Coimbatore to participate in a rally on November 6.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Bharatiya Janata Party president K Annamalai on Thursday asked a couple of questions to Chief Minister MK Stalin in connection with the Coimbatore "suicide bombing" incident, and asked if he will remain in "silent mode".
The incident took place on October 23 when an LPG cylinder inside a Maruti 800, Jameesha Mubin, the person who was charred to death, exploded near a temple around 4 am. Six persons have been arrested so far in connection with the case.
Questioning Stalin over the incident, Annamalai asked why was the state government "caught napping" when there was a "specific threat alert" flagged by the central agencies five days ahead of the blast.

"Two questions for @CMOTamilnadu 1. There was a specific threat alert given by central intelligence agencies to TN Govt on Oct 18th, 2022. This is five days before the 'suicide bombing' incident. Why was the state govt caught napping?" the BJP state chief tweeted.
The BJP leader further asked the reason behind stopping the monitoring of the activities of Mubin who he called a "suicide bomber", as against the instructions to monitor his activities (after NIA's Enquiry in 2019).
"When the TN state intelligence and Coimbatore police were asked to monitor the activities of the 'suicide bomber' & now deceased Mubin (after NIA's Enquiry in 2019) and which the local police were doing initially but stopped after a while. Why was it stopped after DMK came to power?" he tweeted.
"Is it because of political pressure not to monitor 'certain' individuals? Will our CM care to answer, or as usual, will he be in 'silent mode'?" Annamalai tweeted.
Meanwhile, CM Stalin recommended an NIA probe into the incident following which the Centre ordered the NIA investigation. The agency registered an FIR into the case on Thursday.
As per police Mubin, 25, who was an engineering graduate, has been previously questioned by the NIA in 2019 for alleged terror links. His name is mentioned as the primary accused in the case.
Five people arrested on Monday night were Mohammad Thalka, 25, Mohammad Asarudheen, 25, Muhammad Riyaz, 27, Feroz Ismail, 27, and Mohammad Navaz Ismail, 27. However, the sixth person, identified as Afsar Khan, a relative of the deceased, was arrested earlier on Thursday. Khan is the cousin of the deceased. He was picked two days before by the special investigation team. On Wednesday noon, Police officials also conducted searches on Khan's residence and took his laptop.
Since the explosion occurred in Ukkadam, a communally sensitive area, the state's top police officers, including Director General of Police (DGP) Sylendra Babu and Additional DGP (law and order) Thamarai Kannan, rushed to the spot.
The DGP on Sunday said the police found materials used to make explosives in Mubin's house in Ukkadam. They seized 75 kgs of potassium nitrate, charcoal, aluminium powder and sulphur which can be used to make explosives. (ANI)