The Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Wednesday arrested L. Zakir Hussain alias Tirunagar Zakir (27) in connection with the pipe-bomb case.
“We have made a formal request for re-opening the case with the Judicial Magistrate concerned after we got evidence of involvement of more accused in the case,” the Deputy Inspector General of Police (SIT), Y. John Nicholson, said.
Stating that Zakir Hussain had a criminal background, Mr. Nicholson said he was a conspirator in planting the bomb underneath a causeway at Alampatti near Tirumangalam. He was also involved in purchasing some materials for making the bomb.
The Madurai district police found a six-foot-long PVC pipe stuffed with Power Gel 90, an explosive used in blasting rocks, hours before BJP leader L.K. Advani’s convoy was to pass through the causeway on October 28, 2011.
Zakir Hussain, who was remanded to judicial custody after being produced before the court, is the seventh person to be arrested in the case. Only on Tuesday, the SIT had arrested three accused.
The Deputy Superintendent of Police (SIT), M. Karthikeyan, said seven out of the 10 accused in the case had been arrested.