NIA takes over probe into terror plot; files FIR

Last Updated 21 June 2014, 16:14 IST

Taking over the probe into a terror plot allegedly hatched to target US and Israeli consulates in South India, National Investigation Agency today filed an FIR in a special court here.

The FIR naming arrested suspected ISI agent Zakir Hussain was filed in the Special Court for bomb blast cases in suburban Poonamallee, the designated court for NIA cases in the state, police said. NIA has taken over the probe from the Tamil Nadu Police.

A Sri Lankan national, 37-year old Hussain, arrested here on April 29, had told state police during interrogation that he was acting under instructions from his handler, allegedly an official in the Pakistani High Commission in Colombo.

Incriminating documents, including photographs of vital installations, were allegedly seized from him.

He was part of a plot hatched from Sri Lanka to target foreign establishments in Chennai and Bangalore. The state Q Branch Police handling cases linked to national security was dealing with the case till its transfer to NIA.

The Tamil Nadu government consented to transfer the case to the national agency as probe had to be done in foreign countries including Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Maldives.

Two more persons, Mohammed Salim, 39 and Sivabalan, 45, a Sri Lankan national were also arrested on charges of supplying counterfeit Indian currency notes to Hussain. All the three are now lodged in Puzhal Central Prison here.

Also, a metropolitan magistrate court here on May 27 had issued a non-bailable warrant against Mohammad Hossaini, an accomplice of Hussain, arrested in Malaysia last month and his extradition process is on.

Hossaini was arrested for alleged conspiracy to carry out terror strikes on US and Israeli consulates in South India.

This is the second case that will be handled by the NIA in Tamil Nadu. The first case was against Thameen alias Ansari alias Thameem Ansari, a resident of Thanjavur and a case was registered on May 1, 2013 by the NIA.

He was arrested on September 16, 2012 for conspiracy to transmit photographs, video clippings and, sketches on the security aspects of the Willington Military Training Centre near Udhagamandalam in Nilgiris District, Karaikkal and Nagapattinam harbours and Indian Naval base at Mallipattinam through e-mail and in person to a foreign country.

The NIA FIR also named Siddque and Boss alias Sha (Accused No.2 and 3), police said.All the three accused have been charged with various offences including waging war against India and under sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, they said.Ramesh Reddy, Superintendent of Police, NIA Hyderabad, is the Investigating Officer.

(Published 21 June 2014, 16:14 IST)

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