Suspect arrested at Anchal of Kollam district in Kerala
Nearly a year after a blast in Bangalore, a special team of the Crime Branch CID of the Tamil Nadu police on Sunday arrested K. Sahul Hameed alias ‘Paravai’ Badhusha (27) of Melapalayam in Kerala. Seventeen persons were injured in the explosion.
Flushed from hideout
The suspect was cornered in his hideout at Anchal in Punalur taluk of Kollam district in Kerala. He is held under the provisions of the Explosive Substances Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
A pistol with 53 rounds of ammunition, 17.25 kg of explosives, including gelatine sticks and electric detonators, and Rs. 6 lakh in cash meant for procuring explosives were recovered from him, CBCID Deputy Superintendent of Police M.X.F. Besky told The Hindu . Under the blast he went underground and evaded arrest for over eight months. Acting on a tip-off, his movements were tracked before he was arrested, he said. Investigations revealed that the accused was the key operative in plotting the explosion.
So far, fourteen persons, including the prime accused Paravai Badhusha, had been arrested, Mr. Besky said.
Six other cases under the Tamil Nadu Public Property (Prevention of Damage and Loss) Act and an assault case against Badhushah were filed with Melapalayam and Perumalpuram police earlier. Amidst tight security, he was produced before Tirunelveli Judicial Magistrate–I V. Ramalingam here and lodged in Palayamkottai Central Prison. Anti-Terrorism Squad personnel from Bangalore were expected to reach Tirunelveli for interrogation.