DMK Headquarters, Next Target of Jihadis!

published on July 28, 2008


TN cops bust plot to blow up flyover
Authors: Jayaraj Sivan & K Praveen Kumar



http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/TN_cops_bust_plot_to_blow_up_flyover/articleshow/3299484.cms

CHENNAI: A day after the arrest of a terror suspect employed with a footwear shop in Chennai, the Tamil Nadu police unearthed a plot to blow up key installations — including the Anna flyover and DMK headquarters — in the city. Following the arrest of Abdul Gafoor and seizure of timer devices on Sunday, police have picked up three more suspects and recovered an improvised explosive device buried near a road in Madurai.

“They were a module which planned to blast the flyover and the Tirunelveli collectorate before August 15,” said DGP K P Jain. The accused are all suspected to be former members of banned militant organizations including SIMI and Al-Umma, which carried out the Coimbatore serial blasts. During interrogation, Gafoor told police the mastermind of the plot was a convict in Chennai’s Puzhal central jail, Ali Abdullah, who is serving a life sentence in a blast case.

Terror plot was hatched from jail

Following the arrest of Abdul Gafoor in Chennai and seizure of timer devices on Sunday, police have picked up three more suspects and recovered an improvised explosive device buried near a road in Madurai.

During interrogation, Gafoor told police the mastermind of the plot to bomb Anna flyover and DMK headquarters was a convict in Chennai’s Puzhal central jail, Ali Abdullah, who is serving a life sentence in a blast case.

Abdullah, a former member of the Islamic Defence Force and All India Jehad Committee, is still undergoing trials in at least seven other cases of subversion. Abdullah had contacted Gafoor through Hira, a member of a fringe fundamentalist group who had been released on bail a week ago. Hira, his associate Abdul Khader and a Tirunelveli native, Mohammad Badusha, who is alleged to have trained Gafoor in electrical circuitry, have all been picked up.

Abdullah is believed to have contacted Gafoor using a cellphone from prison. Hira, alias Syed Kasim, was the go-between. Officials said Hira had met Abdullah in prison in January 2007 when the former was taken into preventive custody. Abdullah had briefed him about plans to carry out terrorist attacks and assigned him the job of enrolling people for the operation. Gafoor, 39, an employee of a footwear trader and a father of two, was assigned the task of procuring IEDs.

Former RAW official B Raman, while appreciating Tamil Nadu police for pre-emptive action, noted that the use of mobiles in prisons was a matter of concern. “It shows slackness on the part of prison officials. Tamil Nadu had been a haven for extremist outfits such as Al-Umma in the early 1990s. We have to be on the alert as they could now be on a revival mode,” Raman said.

 


Police, before arresting Gafoor, had picked up Hira from Chennai on Saturday based on a tip-off. It was Hira who revealed to police the task assigned to Gafoor. Gafoor’s interrogation yielded an IED buried by the side of a bypass road near Madurai. Police took Gafoor to the spot and dug out the IED with the help of the bomb detection and disposal squad. Later, police picked up Mohammad Badusha, a TV mechanic in Tirunelveli on Monday who had trained Gafoor in fixing electrical circuits.

Police also picked up M Khader alias Abdul Khader of Mannadi in Chennai, who was an associate of Hira in an earlier terror plot busted on May 15.

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