Madurai: The Special Investigation Team of
Tamil Nadu police probing planting of a powerful pipe bomb on
the yatra route of BJP leader LK Advani near here on Monday
claimed to have obtained `definite clues` and expressed
confidence about nabbing the culprits.
Definite clues had been obtained in the case and special
teams have been sent to Nagercoil in Kanyakumari district and
Kerala for further probe, Madurai rural police sources said.
The pipe bomb 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 yatra. Subsequently, the BJP leader
route`s was diverted.
SIT ADGP R Sekar visited the village today and inspected
Talking to reporters, he said ten special teams had been
formed to nab the culprits, but declined to elaborate.
Police sources said they were investigating various angles.
They suspect that Maoists involved in the blasting of railway
track in neighbouring Virudhunagar district a few months ago
could be behind the incident.
Probe was also on to ascertain whether supporters of slain
al-Umma terrorist Imam Ali were involved in the planting of
the bomb, they said.
Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has directed police to speed up
investigations into the bomb incident and bring to book the
The bomb was unearthed after a resident of the village
alerted local AIADMK councillor who in turn informed police.
Appreciating their presence of mind which helped police
avert a `disaster`, Jayalalithaa on Monday honoured the villager
-- Selvaraj, an AIADMK worker, and councillor Selvam giving
them a cash reward of Rs 50,000 each on behalf of her party.