The Crime Branch CID has invoked provisions under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, against the three terror suspects ‘Police’ Fakruddin, Panna Ismail and Bilal Malik. This means that the agency can seek a 30-day custodial interrogation of the suspects and can also take 180 days to file the charge sheet.
Sources in the State intelligence said the CBCID had invoked Section 13 (Punishment for Unlawful Activities), 16 (Punishment for Terrorist Act) and 18 (Punishment for Conspiracy) of the Act and handed over the case to Deputy Superintendent of Police N. Venkataraman for further investigation.
The agency has alleged the involvement of the suspects in a series of major crimes in different parts of the State in the recent years.
“Besides the plot to blow up the convoy of senior BJP leader L.K. Advani near Madurai and three other sensational murders, Fakruddin and Malik are wanted in many other cases. Since it would be risky to transport them to various courts across Tamil Nadu, we may seek constitution of a special court to try these cases,” a Special Investigation Division official told The Hindu on Wednesday.
He said the State government had powers to establish a special court under the provisions of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) Act. The agency may also propose to the government to invoke Section 268 of Cr.PC and issue special directions to detain the suspects in prison until further orders.
Chief Minister Jayalalithaa met Inspector S. Lakshmanan at a private hospital here. The official was attacked by Ismail and Malik when he tried to apprehend them in their hideout in Puttur on Saturday.
The Chief Minister appreciated the brave act of Mr. Lakshmanan and said the State was proud of him. She presented a cheque for Rs. 15 lakh to his wife and assured the family of all assistance. The cost of treatment would be borne by the Government.