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TN govt seeks NIA probe into Wilson murder

S.Murari

The Tamil Nadu Government has sought an investigation by the National Investigative Agency( NIA) into the murder of Kanyakumari special sub-inspector Y Wilson at a checkpoint in view of its inter-State ramifications as several arrests have already been made in Bengaluru and Delhi.

The Government has written to the Union Home Ministry to entrust the case, now being investigated by the Q branch of the Tamil Nadu Police, into the NIA. The national agency itself has made some arrests in Delhi like one Khader Moideen, the alleged mastermind who arranged passports and SIM cards to modules and also developed a software to enable them to interact with IS.

The first arrests in the case were the Q branch when Abdul Shameem and Toufeeq who allegedly shot dead Wilson at Kaliakavilai checkpoint early this month and escaped back into Kerala. The two were caught by the Karnataka police in Uduppi railway station on a tipoff from the Q branch. They are now in judicial custody and lodged in Palayankottai jail.

The Q suspected terror link when the two told them that they wanted to kill a police officer to avenge the arrest of gun runner Ijas Mohammed Shah and two of his associates in Bengaluru by the Karnataka police. Shameem and Toufeeq got a 9 mm pistol from Ijas and it was used to kill Wilson. They said Wilson was picked at random.

Following this the Q branch invoked the Unlawful Activities( Prevention) Act which deals with terror cases. The Kaliyakkavilai police initially registered a case under Sec 302 (punishment for murder) and 506 (ii) (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the IPC and sec 7 read with 25(1A) and 25(1B) of the Arms Act.

Later they invoked Sec 13 (punishment for unlawful activities), 18 (punishment for conspiracy, etc.) and 20 (punishment for being member of a terrorist gang or organisation) of the UAPA. The NIA arrested four persons in New Delhi who are believed to have distributed those in their network over 200 SIM cards got with fake documents.

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