The ‘Q’ Branch CID of the State Intelligence on Friday arrested two persons alleged to be former LTTE men. Acting on a tip-off, a special team apprehended Sivanesan and Maheswaran alias Gopi, both Sri Lankan nationals, here.

Agency sources said the two were part of a gang that conspired to trigger bomb blasts in Sri Lanka. They carried out trial blasts at a remote location in Cuddalore districts in December 2012.

The ‘Q’ Branch had registered a case and arrested four persons then. Sivanesan and Gopi whose names figured in the case remained elusive. The suspects told investigators that they stayed in Tiruchi before moving to Chennai. “They were agitated over Sinhalese people occupying Tamil-dominated areas in Sri Lanka and hence conspired to cause explosions there. The accused persons were produced in a city court and remanded in judicial custody,” a police official said.