Alleged terrorist Thadayandavita Nazeer has reportedly told the police that he is a camp follower of cleric Abdul Nasser Madhani, an ally of the ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist).
Nazeer is supposedly a commander of the south India unit of Lashkar-e-Tayyeba, a terrorist outfit.
He reportedly told interrogators that he maintained a good relationship with Madhani even after his (Madhani’s) arrest in the Coimbatore blasts case.
Madhani has been acquitted of all charges. The blasts in Coimbatore took place in February 1998. It is suspected that Bharatiya Janata Party leader L.K. Advani was the target of the blasts.
Nazeer and his brother-in-law Sharfaz Shamsuddin were arrested in Bangladesh in November and handed over to the Meghalaya police last week.
A joint team of the Kerala and Karnataka police is interrogating hardcore terrorists involved in a number of terrorist activities in south India.
“In the light of fresh revelations of Nazeer, we are compelled to open some of the old cases,” a senior police officer told Hindustan Times.
Besides the attacks on the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore on December 28, 2005, in which a mathematics professor of IIT Delhi, M.C. Puri, was killed, Nazeer was allegedly involved in torching a Tamil Nadu government bus in Kochi, protesting ill-treatment of Madhani in jail.
A member of the banned Islamic Seva Sangh, founded by Madhani, Nazeer drifted to extremist activities after Madhani was sent to jail in the Coimbatore blasts case.
Nazeer was allegedly instrumental in convening two meetings of Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) leaders in Kerala and recruiting young people from Kerala to take part in the secessionist movement in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K).
Last year, four young people from Kerala were killed in an encounter with security forces in J&K.
The CPI(M) had aligned with Madhani in the Lok Sabha elections of April/May and supported his hand-picked man in the northern Ponnani constituency.
Party State Secretary Pinarayi Vijayan had shared the dais with him on an occasion.