Terrorism-related incidents in Tamil
Nadu since 2007
Moolakadai, Chennai District
Police intercepted a car near and seized FICN
worth INR 503,000. Three persons were also arrested.
Melur, Madurai District
Police arrested two persons on charges of attempting
to pass off FICN.
A SIT of CB-CID arrested one person in connection
with pipe bomb planted in senior BJP leader L K Advani's Jan Chetna
Yatra (Public awareness tour) on October 27, 2011.
Udumalpet, Tirupur District
FICN with total face value of INR 15,000 were
detected among the remittances received at SBI's branch.
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Syed Sahabbudhin and Darvish Moideen, two accused
in October 27, 2011 case relating to planting of a Pipe Bomb,
have filed bail applications before the Madras High Court Bench
in Tamil Nadu.
Police arrested three people for their alleged
involvement in April 17, 2013, Bangalore (Karnataka) bomb blast.
October 28: The Reliance Oil Refinery
in Jamnagar, Gujarat, and L&T shipyards in Tamil Nadu and Gujarat
has been put on high alert by the intelligence agencies of the country.
Top intelligence sources said there are specific inputs about a
possible terror strike on these industrial houses.
August 24: CCB of the Chennai Police
arrested five persons on charges of circulating FICN of INR 500
August 18: According to Union Home
secretary RK Singh, bulk of the rumours that triggered panic among
people of NE States in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra were
sourced from Pakistan.
August 5: Police arrested 3 suspects
and seized FICN worth INR 100,000, including a printing unit owner
in Tamil Nadu.
June 13-14: In order to train Police
officers in identifying FICN, a two-day workshop was organised by
the Police Training College on June 13-14 in Chennai. Around 55
Police officers from across the State were trained in scientific
methods of identification of FICN.
June 5: Two men from Bihar have
been arrested nearby Rasipuram in Namakkal District on the charge
of possessing INR 3,000 FICN all in the denomination of INR 100.
May 27: Police busted a FICN racket
and arrested three men, identified as Mohammed Javeed, Mohammed
Bashaar, and Mohammed Iftiyas at Samayapuram in Trichy District.
They seized FICN with the face value of INR 63,000 along with genuine
notes worth INR 91,000. The three arrested belonged to Bihar.
April 11: The Tiruppur North Police
had taken into FICN worth INR 20,000 which was found along with
the cash remittance made by a person at a private sector bank in
Tiruppur District in Tamil Nadu.
The Madras High Court reserved orders
on petitions seeking of lifting the ban on LTTE in India.
April 2: The Tamil Nadu Police denied
as "totally baseless" a Sri Lankan media report that some 150 LTTE
cadres were being trained in the State.
January 16: A suspected sympathizer
of the LTTE was arrested by Kochi city Police from Chengalpettu
in Chennai in connection with a human trafficking case involving
Sri Lankan Tamils. "We brought the accused from Chennai on Sunday
[January 15] and presented him before the local magistrate, who
remanded him in judicial custody.
December 29: ANF headed by Deputy
Inspector General of Police (DIG) Alok Kumar, stepped up combing
operations in the Naxal [Left Wing Extremism (LWE)]-affected areas
in Malnad Districts following the killing of Sadashiva Gowda, a
bamboo basket weaver, by the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist)
cadres in a thick forest in Thondalkatte near Naadpalu, about 70
kilometres from Udupi. A poster beside the body was recovered with
a warning, "right punishment will be given to the Police informers-Maoist."
Karnataka's Home and Transport Minister R Ashok said the ANF has
intensified combing operations in Udupi and other Malnad Districts
to arrest Maoists.
December 20: The Centre, said a
terror module busted in Delhi recently had links with Pakistan-based
terrorist group LeT. Minister of State for Home Jitendra Singh informed
Lok Sabha (Lower House of Parliament) in a written reply
that a special team of Delhi Police with the help of central intelligence
agencies and Police from West Bengal, Bihar and Tamil Nadu apprehended
seven suspected militants, including a Pakistani national, of an
IM module last month.
December 19: Kancheepuram (Tamil
Nadu) Police searched the premises of the Sri Devarajaswamy Temple
in Kancheepuram following a message from the Chennai City Police.
The Kancheepuram Police District control room received a wireless
message from Chennai City Police that an anonymous caller rang up
the City control room and claimed that he had heard a person, over
phone at a public call office, saying that a bomb would be planted
at the temple.
November 30: Delhi Police investigators
announced the neutralization of a terrorist cell that they claimed
was responsible for a string of nationwide attacks in the year 2010.
Fugitive IM 'commander' Muhammad Zarar
Siddibapa - a Karnataka resident also known by the alias Yasin
Bhatkal and the commander of the cell, who is wanted for his alleged
role in a string of urban bombings that began in 2005 - escaped arrest,
the Police said. Adil is alleged to have had past relationships with
both the JeM and organised crime groups. He, according to the Police,
was living under cover in Madhubani, Bihar, since 2010, when he was
despatched to India by IM commanders in Karachi to aid Siddibapa's
November 27: Two IM militants, identified
as Mohammad Irshad Khan and Abdur Rahman were arrested in Chennai
by a Delhi Police team.
November 3: Quoting Special Task
Force (STF) officials said that two former cadres of the banned
terror outfit Al-Umma have been identified as the masterminds behind
the plot to target the convoy of BJP leader L K Advani during his
journey near Madurai in Tamil Nadu and a manhunt is on to arrest
November 2: The Special Investigation
Team of Tamil Nadu Police produced two arrestees identified as Abdullah
Abdul Rehman and Ismath before the Judicial Magistrate court in
Madurai in connection with the case involving the plot to blow up
the convoy of Bharatiya Janata Party leader L. K. Advani on October
March 10: The
Director General of Police of Tamil Nadu, Letika Saran dismissed
Sri Lankan Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne's allegation that the
LTTE had three secret training camps in the State close to its border
with Kerala as baseless.
February 13: Central
intelligence agencies communicated specific inputs to the Tamil
Nadu Police that suspected LTTE cadres are conspiring to carry out
attacks on VVIPs (very very important persons) during forthcoming
Assembly elections in the State.
September 7: Two more
persons were arrested by a Special Investigation Team in Coimbatore
railway station in Tamil Nadu. The arrests were made in connection
with the attack on the college lecturer J. Joseph whose right hand
was chopped off allegedly by cadres of radical outfit Popular Front
of India (PFI) for preparing a question paper with alleged derogatory
references to Prophet Mohammed. The arrestees were identified as
K .M Shobin and Shanavaz. So far 22 persons have been arrested in
August 17: Assistant Sessions Court
in Tambaram in Chennai convicted six LTTE sympathizers and sentenced
them to one year imprisonment in a case registered against them
by the Indian Q Branch Police in 2007. The report said that the
Q Branch personnel had arrested five LTTE sympathizers, Hambianna,
Senjames, Jayakumar, Pushpadanraj, Bominathan and Reticular, for
trying to smuggle out a boat to Sri Lanka for the alleged use of
the LTTE. The Q Branch officials had alleged that the accused connived
and purchased a boat from the south of Tamil Nadu and were trying
to smuggle it to Sri Lanka from Ramnad.
July 11: A Sri Lankan
national, Chandrayoga, was detained at the Airport of Chennai. He
allegedly has links with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
His entry into India was banned and a lookout circular was pending
against him. Chandrayoga arrived at Chennai from Colombo.
June 16: Three suspected
operatives of the LTTE were arrested and a cache of detonators was
seized from their possession, four days after a member of the banned
outfit was arrested by the Police. The trio was arrested by the
Tamil Nadu ''Q'' branch during a raid at Tiruchirapalli. 4,900 ordinary
detonators and 430 electric detonators were recovered from them,
an official release said in Chennai. Siva, Selvam, Tamiz stayed
illegally in Chennai, Erode and Tiruchirapalli, respectively, without
registering themselves as Sri Lankan Tamils, it said, adding that
strict vigil along the coastal areas prevented them from smuggling
the detonators to Sri Lanka. Investigations revealed that the trio
did not have any plans to carry out terror acts in India, the release
said. 38-year-old Chiranjeevi, a member of the intelligence wing
of LTTE who was arrested on June 16, had confessed to having smuggled
explosives along with Siva, Selvam, Tamiz, during the war between
the LTTE and the Sri Lankan Army, Police claimed. The arrested were,
however, not involved in the recent track blast near Peranai Railway
Station, where passengers of the Tiruchi-Chennai Egmore Rockfort
Express had a narrow escape, the release stated.
June 13: The Police
detained eight persons belonging to the proscribed Tamil Desiya
Iyakkam for interrogation in connection with June 12 Railway track
blast at Sithani near Villupuram, reports The Hindu. Those detained
are Tamil Vengai, Jothi Narasimhan, K.Balu, Elumalai, Ezhil Ilango,
Ganesan, Jayaraman and Kumar. They were taken to various Police
Stations located at Kanjanur, Kaanai, Kedar and Thiruvennainallur
June 12: Passengers
of the Tiruchirapalli-Chennai Rockfort Express had a narrow escape
when suspected pro- LTTE elements blasted railway tracks at Perani
Railway Station in Villupuram District in the wee hours. About three
feet of tracks were blown off in the explosion when the train was
coming towards the station at around 2:10 am (IST). The station
master cautioned the driver of the train, who applied emergency
brakes averting a major train disaster, Police and Railway sources
said. Leaflets condemning the visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda
Rajapaksa were recovered from the site, Police said.
November 30: As part
of a Central initiative to strengthen the intelligence machinery
across the country in the backdrop of the 26/11 terrorist attacks
in Mumbai, the Tamil Nadu Police has operationalised a SMAC. Linked
to the Multi-Agency Centre of the IB in New Delhi, the system
is connected to all other intelligence units in the State.
October 23: Tamil Nadu
Congress Committee headquarters secretary R. Dhamotharan lodged
a complaint with the Commissioner of Police that an anonymous caller
had on warned of explosions in the TNCC office on Thiru VI Ka Salai
and the residence of TNCC president K.V. Thangkabalu at Adyar. The
man had claimed he was calling from the Sri Lankan Tamil refugee
camp at Gummidipoondi, near Chennai.
October 22: SFs were
put on high alert in Chennai, capital of Tamil Nadu, and its suburbs
following a letter received at the Adyar Police Station that warned
of attacks on important targets. Though the letter did not specify
any date or time for an attack, it named the Tamil Nadu Police Academy,
Chennai Airport, Officers Training Academy and the "American Embassy"
(U.S. Consulate) among others as its targets and challenged the
Police to avert the sabotage if they could, Police sources said.
July 24: The Madras
High Court Bench in Madurai confirmed the conviction imposed on
four alleged LTTE sympathizers, Balasundaram alias Sundaram,
Meiyappan, Kannan and Murugan, for attempting to hurl a bomb at
the Police, but commuted their sentence to one-year rigorous imprisonment.
Justice A. Selvam held that the convicts need not undergo three
years of imprisonment, as ordered by a Fast Track Court in Pudukottai
district in 2004, considering the nature of offence committed and
the fact that they were first time offenders.
July 7: A massive combing
operation was launched by the Tamil Nadu Police, with assistance
from intelligence and Coast Guard personnel, in nearby islands and
all coastal Districts of the State to verify whether any LTTE militant
had infiltrated into the areas in the aftermath of the outfit's
defeat in Sri Lanka. The operations, ordered by the MHA, were being
carried out jointly by the Tamil Nadu Police, including the Coastal
Security Group and "Q" Branch, various intelligence wing personnel
and Coast Guard, official sources said. Police used metal detectors
and sniffer dogs to thoroughly check the casurina jungle in Dhanushkodi
area and various islands, including the Musal Tivu in the Gulf of
Mannar. The operations would continue till tonight, they said.
June 17: Indian Navy rescued four
Sri Lankan Tamil refugees, including a former LTTE cadre and an
Indian national, who spent 24 hours on an unmanned islet near Dhanushkodi
before reaching Rameswaram.
May 3: At least 20 LTTE sympathisers
were arrested for the attack on an Army convoy near Coimbatore a
day earlier. Cases have also been registered against 200 people
belonging to political groups sympathetic to the banned LTTE. The
arrested include Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam and Tamil nationalist
leader K Ramakrishnan, Police sources said. Supporters of the LTTE
reportedly stopped five Army trucks and soldiers on way back from
training at Secunderabad in Andhra Pradesh and proceeding to Thiruvananthapuram
April 18: One LTTE militant was
remanded to judicial custody in capital Chennai. Officials from
the ‘Q’ wing of the Tamil Nadu Police dealing with extremist activities
said the militant, identified as Muthanna, was arrested in the night
of April 17 along with global positioning system equipment. Muthanna,
who had come from the Mullaitivu District in Sri Lanka, was arrested
after specific information disclosed by one Jayanathan, another
LTTE militant arrested earlier.
April 3: Four persons were detained
from the southern Chennai suburb of Thiruvanmaiyur by the SFs neutralising
yet another LTTE ring that sought to smuggle war material to the
outfit. The detainees included a LTTE cadre identified as Sahanthan
who belonged to the Mullaitivu District in Sri Lanka. He had arrived
in India about a year ago and his mission was to coordinate activities
aimed at supplying the LTTE war material, sources told. Detained
along with him was a British national of Sri Lankan origin, Jayanathan,
who flew into Tamil Nadu recently and who reportedly has had links
with the LTTE in the past. The other two detainees were identified
as Babu of Rameswaram and Guhan of Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu. Both
are Indians and said to be linked to the Vidhuthalai Chiruthaigal
Katchi, a pro-LTTE group in Tamil Nadu that is now allied to the
ruling Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam. Seized from them were several
satellite telephones, Global Positioning System, night vision devices
as well as medicines. It is the first action on the LTTE in 2009
in Tamil Nadu.
December 31: Authorities received
three e-mail threats from the Deccan Mujahideen outfit to attack
the celebration of Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas (Indian Diaspora Day)
scheduled to be held in Chennai from January 7-9, 2009. The emails
were traced to Saudi Arabia. The threats against the celebration
were sent using an e-mail identity, firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 30: A 30-year-old Sri Lankan
national was arrested in Chennai by Police on charges of attempting
to smuggle communication equipments to the Liberation Tigers of
Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
The youth, identified as Dileepan, was arrested along with three
satellite phones meant for the LTTE.
December 28: The Tamil Nadu Police
arrested an alleged supplier of explosives to the LTTE, Amir Anthony
Paranthaman of Vavuniya (Sri Lanka), near Tambaram bus stand in
capital Chennai and seized 500 kilograms of ammonium nitrate, eight
Global Positioning System devices, three satellite phones and two
Global Systems for Mobile repeater sets from his possession.
December 5: Three more abandoned
boats were found drifting in the coast raising suspicion among officials
that the LTTE militants were sneaking into Tamil Nadu. The boats
found abandoned were located at Arichalmunai, Erandam and Moondram
December 4: Six boats, some with
bullet marks and blood stains, were found abandoned off Rameswaram
and Nagapattinam coasts. "If it is one or two boats, it is okay.
But how can so many boats drift to the shore. It appears to be a
case of infiltration," an unnamed top official of Tamil Nadu Police
August 6: Two LTTE cadres, identified
as K. Uma Ramanan and A. Amalan, who hail from Jaffna in Sri Lanka,
were arrested from capital Chennai. Police said the duo was in possession
of an unspecified quantity of ammonium nitrate besides cables and
detonators. With these arrests, the total number of LTTE militants
arrested in the past week has increased to 10.
August 3: Police in Ramanathapuram
arrested a suspected LTTE militant in connection with the seizure
of Global Positioning System and other electronic material at Uppur
near Ramanathapuram recently. K.A. Senthil Velan, Superintendent
of Police, said the Police arrested Krishna Neethan alias Nixon,
son of Sivasekaran of Trincomalee in Sri Lanka, at the Ramanathapuram
July 30: The Tamil Nadu Police arrested
a top LTTE functionary, identified as J. Thambi Annan a.k.a. Daniel,
from Chennai. "It is a very important catch. He is placed high in
the LTTE's hierarchy. Daniel was heading the procurement module
of the outfit in Sri Lanka," said the Director-General of Police
(Law and Order) K.P. Jain. Daniel, a resident of Kilinochchi in
Sri Lanka, played an instrumental role in procuring major consignments,
including explosive substances, for the outfit from India and other
parts of the world. He was involved in the attempts to smuggle consignments
of aluminium ingots and ball bearings, which were intercepted and
seized by the Police in Ramanathapuram and Madurai Districts in
the recent months.
Police seized a large quantity of
electronic gadgets and other articles meant for smuggling to Sri
Lanka and arrested four persons at Uppur Chathiram in Ramanathapuram.
Acting on a tip-off, the Police team intercepted a speeding van
at Uppur Chathiram check post and seized 10 Global Positioning System
equipments, 3360 pen torch batteries, one Honda Genset, one bundle
LTTE uniform, five cell phones, 11 life jackets, one pistol cover,
one satellite TV receiver, two battery chargers and Rupees 28050
cash. All the seized goods were meant for the LTTE in Sri Lanka.
July 27: The 'Q' branch of the Tamil
Nadu Police neutralised a terrorist module with the arrest of a
39-year-old suspected fundamentalist who allegedly was part of a
plot to cause bomb blasts on trains and in Chennai and Tirunelveli.
July 24: A donation slip book bearing
a Kilinochchi address in Sri Lanka, camera, video cassettes, INR
25000 in cash and two film rolls kept inside a bag was seized by
the Police in Thoothukudi. The bag was found abandoned near the
Thoondigai Vinayagar Temple in Tiruchendur. Police suspect that
the bag could have been left at the spot either by some Sri Lankan
tourist or supporters of the LTTE.
July 22: The 'Q' Branch of the Tamil
Nadu Police neutralised a major LTTE procurement network, seizing
five imported Yamaha outboard motors with a 40-horse-power capacity
each. In connection with the seizures, the Police team arrested
Kumargurubaran, a resident of Chennai, Ramesh, hailing from Ramanathapuram,
and Manamohan from Pesalai in Sri Lanka, from near the Kattumanadi
bus stop near Manalmelkudi.
June 14: A suspected LTTE sympathiser
was arrested and goods, including batteries and medicines, were
seized from a high speed boat in the sea off Devipattinam at Rameswaram.
The Police seized INR 1000000 worth of batteries, Army uniforms,
medicines and gloves from the boat around mid-night, the sources
said, adding, there were 25 bundles, including 18,000 batteries,
uniforms, medicines, 'beedies' (locally made cigars) and other items.
Inspector Thiagarajan told PTI that the occupants of the boat jumped
into the sea on seeing the Police but they managed to catch Vijayan,
an LTTE sympathiser from Sri Lanka. Three others, who hail from
Devipattinam, managed to escape, he added.
May 18: The 'Q' Branch Police in
Madurai (Tamil Nadu) arrested two Sri Lankan nationals allegedly
supplying explosives and electronic gadgets to LTTE. The duo had
sent huge quantities of explosives to the LTTE through agents along
the Rameswaram coast. Following information, Police intercepted
a Tata Sumo vehicle near Villapuram and took into custody P. Jayaraja
alias Viji alias Vijayan of Mannar and T. Chinnavan alias Padmaraja
of Jaffna. They were in possession of 44 walkie-talkie sets and
INR 459000 in cash. K. Senthil of Madurai who provided logistic
support to the two was also arrested sources in the intelligence
April 2: The Coastal Security Group
Police neutralised a network involved in supplying uniforms to the
LTTE. It came to light when a CSG team raided a boat used to make
illegal trips to Iranatheevu, controlled by the LTTE, in Sri Lanka,
near the fishing harbour in Rameswaram. There were five persons
on board, identified as Oomaiyan alias Christhu, Vellaiyan, the
owner of the boat Chellaiah, Murugan and Arasu, who possessed photographs
of model uniforms, which were supposed to be delivered to a group
of tailors in Tamil Nadu. A sum of INR 3000 and 50 soaps were also
March 27: Police arrested there
persons who were involved in smuggling activities for the LTTE,
under the National Security Act. The arrestees were identified as
Murugapandi, Muthuramalingam and R. Raja. According to a press release,
four Maoists were also arrested from Varsanadu in the Theni District
and cases were filed against them under various sections of the
IPC, Arms Act, Explosive Substances Act and Criminal Law Amendment
February 11: The Tamil Nadu Police
arrested an alleged supplier of explosives to the LTTE and seized
from him 100 detonators, 83 gelatine sticks and 10 metres of fuse
wire. The man had been shuttling between Tiruchirapalli and Pudukottai
to procure the explosive substances, including gelatine sticks,
Tamil Nadu Police's 'Q' Branch Inspector Thiagarajan told reporters.
January 20: Tamil Nadu Police arrested
two more persons in connection with the smuggling of ball bearings,
reportedly used by the LTTE to make explosives, to Sri Lanka. Following
the trail of cell phone contacts of Nathan alias Suruli,
arrested along with seven others at Madipakkam on January 17 in
the same case, 'Q' Branch Police intercepted Selvaraj, working in
a sweet stall in Mumbai for the last 25 years, and seized small
packets of ball bearings he had bought as samples.
January 16: The Tamil Nadu Police
arrested Nathan alias Suruli alias Thambithurai Parameswaran,
the LTTE Tamil Nadu intelligence unit chief, from a hideout at Madipakkam.
They also arrested seven other Sri Lankan nationals, who worked
under him as helpers to collect information about anti-LTTE leaders
like Varadaraja Perumal and Douglas Devananda, besides posing as
traders to buy items like spare parts for two-wheelers and boats
to be sent back to Sri Lanka.
January 8: The 'Q' Branch of the
Tamil Nadu Police intercepted a consignment of explosives bound
for Sri Lanka in Madurai and took six persons into custody, who
admitted that they were meant for use by the LTTE. S. Sivakrishnan
alias Nandan of Sri Lanka and S. Muthuramalingam of Kamuthi
were found to be in possession of 5,000 detonators concealed in
a travel bag.
December 8: Three persons of Sri
Lankan origin, including a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)
cadre from its marine wing, were arrested by the 'Q' branch of the
Tamil Nadu Police in the car parking area of the international airport
terminal in the capital Chennai. The three were allegedly involved
in the purchase of a boat for the LTTE.
November 27: Two women were arrested
at Semmamadam while trying to smuggle 3,300 detonators, 39 gelatine
sticks and a bundle of fuse wires to Sri Lanka.
November 26: An LTTE cadre, identified
as Sateeswaran, regarded as the kingpin in the outfit's procurement
wing and wanted in connection with various cases of procuring and
smuggling explosives, drugs and fuel for the banned outfit, was
arrested when he was attempting to escape to Sri Lanka. The cadre
from Kilinochchi in Sri Lanka had earlier tried to smuggle 50 bags
of explosive substances, including Potassium Chlorate and Sulphur,
which were seized at Paramakudi on November 18, Police said. A hand-book
on making bombs, three cell phones and jewellery was recovered from
September 3: A Kuala Lumpur-bound
passenger, identified as Suresh, was arrested at the Chennai airport
for possessing books published by the proscribed LTTE.
August 21: The Indian Navy and Customs
neutralised a racket in selling diesel to LTTE operatives. A joint
patrolling party based at Rameswaram seized a mechanised boat and
arrested five fishermen with Sri Lankan currency. "During interrogation,
they confessed that they handed over 50 litres of diesel to the
operatives of LTTE at Kottai Mannar in Mannar District. In exchange,
the crew received INR 1,500 in Sri Lankan currency. They also revealed
that nearly 60 fishing boats exchanged diesel to the LTTE men on
Monday by violating the International Maritime Boundary Line," said
Commander S. Mukherjee, Area Commander (South).
May 21: A suspected LTTE-trained
militant wanted in connection with an attack bid on the Fort St
George in Chennai in 1990 was arrested by Police at Thanjavur. Raja
Ayyappan, a member of the Tamizhar Pasarai outfit, who allegedly
received training at an LTTE camp between 1990 and 1998, was arrested
following a tip off.
April 9: Three Sri Lankan refugees,
who were enrolled at the Mandapam Transit Camp at Ramanathapuram
in Tamil Nadu and quarantined on suspicion, after a seven-day interrogation
have been identified as Sea-Tigers [LTTE sea wing cadres] and were
March 28: The Tamil Nadu Police
recovered two sacks containing 1950 electrical detonators from Ramanathapuram.
The ammunition cache was buried in a coconut grove at Irumeni under
Uchipuli Police limits, 40 kilometers west of Pamban Bridge that
links the Rameswaram Island to Mandapam, near the final land frontier
on the Palk Strait that divide India and Sri Lanka. Ramanathapuram
Superintendent of Police, R. Thirugnanam, disclosed that the cache
was meant for the LTTE.
March 18: A key member of a gang
suspected to be involved in smuggling of explosive materials for
the LTTE was arrested at Mandapam, 125-km from Madurai.
March 8: Tamil Nadu Police arrested
a person as part of their investigation into the seizure in Perambalur
of iron balls meant for smuggling to Sri Lanka. The Director-General
of Police (DGP), D. Mukherjee, said that Raju of Rameswaram, was
arrested in Pudukottai on the basis of information gathered during
the interrogation of a Sri Lankan, Rahul, alias Antony, who
was arrested on March 7. The DGP said 41 people, including 16 Sri
Lankan Tamils, were arrested for smuggling and unlawful activities
on land and sea since November 29, 2006.
March 7: The Tamil Nadu Police arrested
Rahul alias Antony, a Sri Lankan national, at K. K. Nagar,
in Chennai and based on the information furnished by him, they seized
4.5 tonne of metal balls from a house at Venkatachalapathi Nagar
March 6: A Sri Lankan national,
Arulseelan, suspected to have links with the LTTE, was arrested
at Dheeran Nagar in Tiruchy for possessing INR 1000000 cash in his
house. A special team from Q Branch Police raided a washing powder
company at Perambalur in connection with a hawala (illegal
money transfer) case. They seized 150 bags of metal balls, each
weighing 30-kilogram, concealed in the house of one Rameshkumar,
who is absconding now.
February 20: The Coast Guard destroyed
a LTTE boat seized by them on February 13. The decision to destroy
the boat was taken after finding that the gap between the fibre
sheets of the boat was packed with gunpowder and it could explode
any time. Officials of Central and State agencies supervised the
destruction process after it was towed by Coast Guard ship `Avvaiyar'
to mid sea.
February 13: The Indian Coast Guard
in the Palk Bay, 20 nautical miles from Point Calimere in south
Tamil Nadu, intercepted a LTTE ship carrying a suicide bomb jacket
packed with explosive substances weighing seven kilograms, five
detonators, and arrested five persons, including one who served
as a driver for the LTTE and four Sri Lankan Tamils. Besides the
suicide bomb vest and detonators, five hand grenades, an AK-56 rifle
with 124 rounds of ammunition and eight drums of 55 litres of liquid
chemical were also found in the ship.
February 12: Indian Navy arrested
two persons off Rameswaram coast and seized components of around
2.9 tonnes from them used for making Improvised Explosive Devices
(IEDs). Preliminary enquiry revealed that the IED components were
being smuggled to the LTTE cadres in Sri Lanka.
January 23 Police have arrested
eight suspected LTTE cadres from Tamil Nadu and seized more than
two metric tons (2.2 US tons) of ball bearings that can be used
for making mines. The arrested cadres had bought the bearings, manufactured
in Mumbai, and were to planning to take them to Sri Lanka. Five
of them were arrested on January 23-night in the capital Chennai,
while three others were arrested on the same day from Tuticorin.
January 6: Outlook reports
that fifty live rocket shells were netted by fishermen from the
Palk Straits in waters off the Tamil Nadu coast in the past 15 days.
The Israeli and German-made shells, packed in wooden boxes, are
believed to have been abandoned by the LTTE. A Police official said,
"The shells could have been jettisoned by militants while being
transported to Sri Lanka after they were spotted by some Coast Guard
Source: Compiled from English language