National Investigation Agency on Tuesday arrested two for allegedly aiding a group, which sympathises with al Qaeda, to carry out bomb blasts in court complexes in South India.
With Tuesday’s arrest, the number of people arrested in the case has gone upto five.
The NIA, along with state police forces, arrested three on Monday for the five bomb blast cases in court complexes of Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka since April.
Mohammed Ayub Ali and Shamsudeen, both 25-years-old and from Madurai were arrested on Tuesday, NIA said.
Ali, who was detained last night, works as a public liaison officer for a hearing aid company.
Shamsudeen was arrested after his name was mentioned by those who were arrested earlier.
The cases relate to blasts at a district court complex’s parking in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh on April 7; in a parking area of CJM Court Complex at Kollam in Kerala on June 15; inside court complex at Mysuru on August 1, in Nellore of Andhra Pradesh on September 12 and inside a toilet complex of judicial court, Malappuram in Kerala on November 1.
Abbas Ali, Suleiman and Samsum Karim Raja were the three arrested on Monday.The NIA spokesman had claimed that the arrested accused “during sustained interrogation confessed to their involvement in these blasts.”
Ali, a school dropout, was working as a painter and also ran a library in the name ‘Darul Ilm’ at Madurai. Raja is a Commerce graduate and runs a chicken broiler shop at Kannimara Koil street in Madurai. Suleiman was working in a software firm. He was the leader of the militant group which was influenced by the ideology of Osama bin Laden.
The group had claimed responsibility for these blasts and circulated pamphlets, pen drives and CDs in the name of “The Base Movement”, translation of the word al Qaeda.