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NIA arrests three more in Coimbatore car blast case | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: The NIA on Wednesday arrested three people in connection with the October 23 car bomb blast in front of the Kottai Eswaran Temple in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. Two of them, the NIA said, had participated in the meeting held by deceased accused Jamesh Mubeen in Nilgiris district to hatch the conspiracy, while another was found in possession of literature connected to radical Islam, besides notes on bomb-making.
The arrested accused were identified as Mohammed Thoufeek (25), Umar Faaruq alias K Srinivasan (39) and Ferose Khan (28).
Earlier, the NIA had arrested six people in connection with the blast. An NIA statement following the arrests said as per preliminary investigations, Mubeen, “after taking bayat (oath of alligence) to the IS, planned to carry out a suicide attack and cause extensive damage to symbols and monuments of a particular religious faith and with the intention to strike terror among people”.
Investigations also revealed that Umar Faaruq and Ferose Khan were part of the conspiracy meetings attended by Mubeen at Umar’s residence in Coonoor, Nilgiris, and also provided support to the deceased accused in the commission of the terror acts. Thoufeek was in possession of incriminating literature/ books connected to radical Islam and also had handwritten notes on preparation of explosives, NIA said.

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