3 Deadly terrorist from Kozhikode arrested from Coimbatore

published on December 2, 2008

Three terrorists held at Kovai



It seems that the new Union Home Minister P Chidambaram has got some job in his home State itself.  Just days after a terror attack rocked Mumbai, three Islamic terrorists have been arrested at Coimbatore. Sources say that they had plans to blow up vital installations in the textile city. A map of Coimbatore, mobile phones and other materials were seized from them.


Based on a tip-off from Chennai that few suspicious persons were staying at a lodge in Coimbatore, a police team led by city police Commissioner Rajendran raided hotels and other boarding places in the industrial hub, which witnessed serial bomb blasts a decade ago.

During one such search at Lanka Corner, the police found three men hiding in a lodge. When enquired, the trio Samsudeen (23), Irfan Ahmed (20) and Abdul Thameem (21), all reportedly from Kozhikode, gave contradictory statements in Malayalam, Hindi and English.

This further fuelled the doubts of the police. A search in their room revealed that the trio possessed a map of Coimbatore, a diary, four mobile phones and two ‘willphones’ (wireless in local loop). It was found that they spoke to Dubai and Arab countries from their phones.

Police sources said that they might have had plans to ‘orchestrate’ explosions in the city. A search is on for a duo, both Coimbatore residents, who allegedly took the three persons on a tour to important places of the city including railway station, airport, Collector’s office, Police Commissioner’s office, telephone exchange, star hotels, hospitals and other important establishments. Further interrogations are on at the Race Course police station.

It is to be noted that Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Monday said Tamilnadu would seek a detachment of the elite National Security Guards to be stationed at Chennai, following the terror attacks on the country’s business capital Mumbai.
At an urgent meeting of senior police officials at the Secretariat, Karunanidhi took stock of the security scenario and preparedness of the police force in Tamilnadu. Among other issues, the reaction mechanism of the law enforcing agencies in the event of an emergency was discussed at length.

According to Inspector General of Police (Operations), Ashutosh Shukla, the Tamilnadu Commando Force, which presently has 290 well-trained commandos, would request for acquiring modern weaponry, sophisticated gadgets and specialised training facilities

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