Advani yatra: One more held in bomb planting case
Madurai: One more person, suspected to be an
activist of the banned Al-Umma, was on Sunday arrested in
connection with the planting of a powerful pipe bomb on the
yatra route of BJP leader LK Advani near here last month,
Karuvai Hakeem (30), who was arrested here by the Special
Investigation Team, is a close associate of Fakruddin and
Bilal Mallick, suspected to be the main accused and absconding
since the incident was reported, police said.
According to SIT sources, Hakeem had procured batteries
for the pipe bomb that was unearthed from under a bridge and
defused on October 27 at Alampatti village, about 30 km from
here, on the route of Advani`s Jan Chetna yatra. Subsequently,
the BJP leader`s route was diverted.
Hakeem is the third person to be arrested in connection
with the incident, the others being Abdul Rahman Abdullah and
Sources said Hakeem, who was allegedly involved in the
murder of an Hindu Makkal Katchi activist Kalidass in 2008,
was in the Al Umma group along with Fakruddin and Bilal for a
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