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Bomb blast case: IUML activist held

Staff Reporter

Five persons were killed at Narikatteri


Police awaiting forensic report

100 rioting cases

in Nadapuram

last year


Kozhikode: The Kozhikode Crime Branch - Crime Investigation Department, on Monday, arrested an Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) activist in connection with bomb blast at Narikatteri at Nadapuram in February.

The police identified the person as E. Kunhammed of Chelakkad. He was produced in the Judicial First Class Magistrate Court at Nadapuram and remanded in judicial custody for 14 days. He had been charged under Section 3 (Punishment for causing explosion likely to endanger life or property) of the Explosive Substance Act, the police said.

One held earlier

Earlier the team had arrested K. Ismail, an IUML sympathiser. Five IUML activists were killed and three seriously injured when powerful steel bombs went off at a secret bomb-making facility at an uninhabited house at Narikatteri. The police suspected that the activists had planned to instigate violence during the forthcoming Assembly elections.

A 15-member Crime Branch team, headed by Circle Inspector P.K. Dhanjayababu and supervised by Crime Branch Superintendent of Police C.M. Pradeepkumar, is investigating the case.

More than 60 persons had been interrogated. The team had not been able to gather any details from the injured persons. They were recuperating from their injuries, the police said.

The investigators are also awaiting a report from the Forensic Science Laboratory in Thiruvananthapuram.

Large-scale violence

The politically and communally sensitive regions in the limits of the Nadapuram police station started witnessing large-scale violence after the elections to the local bodies.

The Nadapuram police station alone recorded 100 rioting cases and 30 arms and explosives cases last year.

Nearly 745 rioting cases and 120 arms and explosive cases were registered at various police stations in Vadakara in 2010. The figures are reportedly the highest in the State.

The total number of rioting cases registered at Nadapuram in January and February this year was 25. As many as 23 arms and explosives cases were also registered.

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