Police declare rewards for information on suspects; two accused in 2011 attack on Advani

The Chennai city police, on Sunday, released photographs and details of three of the ‘most wanted’ men in the State.

The move assumes significance in the wake of the recent murders of a BJP functionary in Salem and that of a Hindu Munnani leader in Vellore.

The police have announced rewards for information on Bilal Malik and ‘Police’ Fakhrudheen, both from Madurai, and Panna Ismail alias Ismail of Melapalayam of Tirunelveli district.

Malik and Fakhrudheen are suspects in the October 2011 plot to assassinate BJP leader L.K. Advani at Alampatti in Madurai.

The special investigation team of the police, that arrested another key accused in the case, M. Hanifa alias Nagoor Hanifa (35), from Dindigul on July 8, had seized a newspaper cutting of the photograph of a Hindu outfit functionary.

The police said Hanifa and his accomplices were plotting revenge against leaders of some Hindu outfits.

Malik is also an accused in the murders of A.R. Kalidoss, a Hindu Makkal Katchi leader, and Gangadaran Poosari in Madurai in 2005, the police said.

The accused had been absconding for sometime, the inspector general of police (south zone), Abhay Kumar Singh, told The Hindu.

“They are wanted in the old cases. Since they have been absconding for a long time, we do not know whether they are involved in any fresh cases,” he said.

The police also said few fundamentalists from Tamil Nadu had been arrested in connection with the bomb blasts in Bengaluru.

Those with information on the three suspects may contact the police on 044-23454323, 044-28555036, 9840110906 and 9940612129. The identity of the informant will be kept confidential.