NIA arrests absconder of Calicut twin blasts cases

Agency News

New Delhi, Feb 1: The National Investigation Agency on Friday arrested absconding charge-sheeted accused PP Yoosaf of Calicut twin blasts cases from Delhi IGI airport on his arrival from Saudi Arabia. According to NIA, he was absconding to prevent his arrest.

The cases pertain to twin IED blasts that had occurred at Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and Mofussil Bus Stands in Calicut City on 3rd March, 2006, causing injuries to two persons besides damage to property.

NIA took over this case from the local police December 18, 2009 and investigated the case. The central terror probe agency filed a charge sheet against eight accused persons including PP Yoosaf on August 1 2010, under section 120B, 124A, 153A & 324 read with 34 of IPC, sections 16(i)b, 18 and 23 of UA (P) Act besides sections 3, 4 and 5 of the Explosive Substances Act.

Trial in this case against four available accused persons was completed on August 11, 2011, and accused T Naseer and Safas were sentenced to life imprisonment.

Probing agency investigation revealed that the absconding accused PP Yoosaf had participated in the criminal conspiracy hatched by the prime accused T. Naseer, Safas and others to carry out IED blasts in Kozhikode City, in protest over the denial of bail to Muslim accused persons involved in the Marad Communal Riots of 2003 at Kozhikode district.

Yoosaf along with the recently arrested accused Mohammed Ashar had assisted T Naseer in preparing the IEDs and had planted the same at bus stands in Kozhikode City.

“PP Yoosaf would be produced before NIA Special Court, New Delhi for obtaining transit remand to Kochi on Saturday”, the NIA said. (UNI)