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NIA digs out Isis link to Coimbatore car blast; Vaiko blames BJP

Soon after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) registered a case in the 23 October Coimbatore bombing, MDMK general secretary Vaiko alleged that the BJP was trying to politicise the incident to create disharmony and gain a foothold in the state. Speaking in Krishnagiri on 27 October, he said, “However, its designs will not see fruition in the Dravida land.”

But the findings of the case cannot be attributed to any political party. The investigating agency had already sent a DIG and to the spot to assist the police as the incident had a strong Isis link and it was a terror attack. The MHA gave approval to the NIA to register the case last night.

The day before Diwali, a car loaded with two gas cylinders had exploded near a temple in Coimbatore. A 29-year-old engineering graduate Jameesha Mubin was driving the car. 

The NIA had questioned Mubin three years ago for alleged terror links. But last week, he was charred to death in suspicious circumstances after the LPG car inside the car exploded near the Kottai Eswaran temple in Ukkadam area of Coimbatore. 

The NIA arrested five people the night after the incident. Today, the agency arrested a sixth suspect named Afsar Khan from Coimbatore. He is suspected of sourcing explosive materials through e-commerce platforms.

Mubin and the five arrested men were in contact with a certain Mohammad Azharuddin, who is currently in jail for his alleged links to the deadly Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka in 2019. 

The CCTV footage showed Mubin and the others were carrying heavy objects wrapped in a white cloth from his house to the street at around 11:30 PM a day before the blast.

'What NIA? It's all BJP'

But Vaiko slammed BJP state president K Annamalai for statements on the Coimbatore blasts by the latter. “Annamalai has made it a habit to level reckless allegations and irresponsible statements,” he told reporters.

The MDMK leader said these were the very people who were silent on the incidents of “worship of Godse” [assassin of Mahatma Gandhi] and the symbolic shooting of portrait of Gandhi in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.

“Violence by anyone, belonging to any community is untenable and must be dealt with an iron hand, which the government is already demonstrating,” Vaiko said. 

According to Vaiko, Police’s "swift" action after the blast on 23 October in Coimbatore and tracing those behind the blast within hours only testified to the "competency" of Tamil Nadu Police and the "Tamil Nadu government’s resolve to tackle violence".

Despite that, the (MK Stalin) government has recommended handing over the investigation to NIA, which was demonstrative of the harmonious interaction between the state police and the NIA, Vaiko asserted.

On the anti-Hindi agitation and the BJP’s claims that Hindi would not sideline Tamil, Vaiko said that the history of anti-Hindi agitation dated back to 85 years ago when leaders such as Periyar [EV Ramasamy] and scholars like Maraimalai Adigalar opposed the Hindi 'imposition'.

Even that had a three-language policy have now objected to Hindi imposition, Vaiko said. “So, BJP has no right to comment on the issue,” the MDMK leader said.

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