Tamil Nadu Police arrests former PFI functionary for hurling petrol bomb at BJP headquarters in Coimbatore

The accused was identified as Saddam Hussain (41), former PFI functionary who hurled a Molotov cocktail at the BJP office

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Coimbatore Police addressing media

New Delhi, September 27

The Tamil Nadu Police arrested former Popular Front of India (PFI) functionary, on charges of hurling a Molotov cocktail at BJP headquarters in Coimbatore. 

The accused was identified as Saddam Hussain (41), former PFI functionary. 

Coimbatore City Police Commissioner V Balakrishnan told media that the police arrested Hussain after analysing more than 100 surveillance cameras and conducting the investigation with the help of ‘technological methods.

Balkrishnan said, "The earlier sections under which the accused was booked have now been altered to 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth residence) 436 (mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to destroy house), and 511 (punishment for attempting to commit offences) of the IPC and Section 3 of the Explosives Substances Act,” said Balakrishnan.

Hussain was earlier booked under sections 153 A and 285 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The officials added that another person in connection with this incident is absconding and we are searching for him. 

The police are conducting an inquiry with Sadham Hussain to ascertain the conspiracy behind the incident and involvement of more persons in it. 

Another incident of petrol bomb hurling took place in the city’s 100 Feet Road on the same day and the police suspect that Hussain could be behind that too. 

The Tamil Nadu Police have registered 19 cases in connection with attacks on the properties of the BJP and Hindu Munnani leaders. 14 people have been arrested in connection with 11 cases.

The incidents began in Coimbatore and later similar cases were reported from Madurai, Salem, Erode, and other areas. 

The Tamil Nadu Police also issued instructions to invoke National Security Act against those found invovled in these attacks. 


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