Chittoor blast: NIA arrests, interrogates three Al-Qaeda suspects in Madurai

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Based on specific intelligence inputs, the National Investigation Agency (NIA), in collaboration with Tamil Nadu and Telangana police on Monday arrested three Al Qaeda suspects from Madurai and Chennai where they were running 'The Base Movement' of the terror outfit. The agencies have also arrested a fourth suspect who is yet to be formally arrested. 

 

The three arrested include Abbas Ali, 27, resident of 11/23, second floor, 4th street, Ismailpuram, Munichalai Road, Madurai. He is VIII standard dropout and worked as a painter. He also runs a library in the name of Darul Ilm at Madurai and Suleiman, 23, presently residing at Chennai. He originally hails from Karimsa Pallivasal, Madurai. He works in a software firm and was the mastermind of the terror gang. 

 

File photo of Mohammed Ayub (23) of Athikulam of Madurai, who is one among three youths arrested by NIA. The third arrested person is Samsun Karim Raja is a resident of Viswanatha Nagar, K. Pudur, Madurai. He is a B. Com graduate and runs a chicken broiler shop at Kannimara Koil street in Madurai.  The arrested trio and the apprehended fourth suspect are being questioned jointly by the sleuths of Intelligence Bureau and NIA. They will be taken to Bengaluru for further investigation, a senior NIA official said here.

 

“In the last 24 hours, in a joint operation with Tamil Nadu police and Telangana police, the investigators of NIA have apprehended four youths for their involvement in the blasts at court complexes. During sustained examination, they have confessed their involvement in these blasts,” the NIA said in a statement. 

 

Searches yielded certain digital devices like mobile phones and hard discs from their possession, the NIA said.  The agencies are searching for two other suspected Al-Qaeda operatives, Hakeem and Dawood Sulaiman, agency sources said. The three arrested accused will be produced before local courts in Chennai and Madurai for seeking transit remand for taking them to NIA Special Court at Bengaluru. The NIA case relating to Mysuru blast case has been registered, the NIA statement added.  

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