A cylinder blast in Coimbatore killed a 25-year-old man in front of a temple. The deceased was earlier questioned by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in 2019 for his ties to a radical network related to Zahran Hashim, the mastermind of the Easter Sunday blasts in Sri Lanka.
The deceased was identified as Jameesha Mubin (25), an engineering graduate.
As per the case details, When Mubin was driving his car on Sunday at around 4 am with the two LPG cylinders and other materials, including nails, it exploded. After the police traced more details about Mubin, it had raised suspicions because the explosion occurred near a temple. Later, authorities raided Mubin’s home and discovered explosive components like potassium nitrate, aluminium powder, sulphur, and charcoal.
The Coimbatore Police have so far arrested Mohammad Dhalha (25), Mohammad Azarudheen (25), Mohammad Riyaz (27), Feroz Ismail (27) and Mohammad Navaz Ismail (27), all from Coimbatore district who have bene booked under various sections of the IPC and charged under UAPA.
Mubin was one among the five people we had to examine in 2019 since he had been attending Bayan classes at a Coimbatore mosque of the Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamath (TNTJ). These classes were closely related to Mohammed Azarudeen, who had direct contact with Zahran Hashim, the mastermind and the leader of the suicide bombers in Easter Sunday blasts in Sri Lanka.
The Tamil Nadu government invoked the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and have now sought NIA probe.
The police also recovered explosive materials including potassium nitrate, sulphur and charcoal from Mubin’s house. A CCTV footage was retrieved from a building near Mubin’s house showed four men lugging a large object out of his house in Ukkadam on night of October 22.
The police suspect the large object, wrapped in a white bag, was an LPG cylinder.