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Terror module busted in Chennai, was planning attack around Aug 15

Terror module busted in Chennai, was planning attack around Aug 15

Author: Express News Service
Publication: The Indian Express
Date: July 28, 2008
URL: http://www.indianexpress.com/story/341180.html

Even as terror struck at soft targets across India for two successive days, the Q Branch wing of the Tamil Nadu police on Sunday claimed to have busted a terror module that was planning to orchestrate blasts in Chennai and a southern district. One person has been detained in connection with the case.

Sheik Abdul Gafoor, a 39-year-old from Tirunelveli district was arrested by the anti-extremist wing of the State police from Pettai in his native district. He was employed at a private company in Chennai's T Nagar.

According to police, Gafoor is a member of an outfit known as the Jihad Committee, whose leader Ali Abdulla is lodged in the Puzhal Central Jail near Chennai on charges including murder and arson. It is said that a plot was hatched in the jail to organise blasts at places of worship in Chennai and Tirunelveli Collectorate, specifically on or before August 15. There are other reports stating that there was also a plan to target a train running between these two districts.

DGP K P Jain said that they received information that Gafoor was manufacturing bombs and directed the Tirunelveli district police to raid his residence. The raid resulted in the seizure of as many as 21 parts used in manufacturing IEDs including timers, battery cells, plastic materials and circuit diagrams. The plan, added Jain, was to ferry these objects to Chennai. Police are interrogating Gafoor to know more about the group and its activities.

In the wake of serial blasts in Bangalore and Ahmedabad, Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, who also handles the Home portfolio, had held a high-level meeting at the State Secretariat on Sunday and instructed the force to spruce up the security measures. On Saturday, the state police had received an alert from the central agencies about a possible attack on sensitive installations and places of worship in Tamil Nadu.

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