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Terrorism-related incidents in Tamil Nadu since 2007


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January 26

Chennai District

Chennai Police busted a FICN racket and arrested two persons, identified as Kamal and Pradeep at Tiruvottiyur railway station in Chennai District of Tamil Nadu while they were smuggling FICN worth of INR 4 lakh from Assam in the Chennai Central-bound Guwahati Express train. Police also recovered five pistols and 20 rounds of ammunition from their possession. Preliminary inquiries revealed that the duo admitted to smuggling the counterfeit currencies and arms from Assam at the behest of racket's kingpin Rafiq, who is serving his term at Puzhal prison in Chennai District.

2 January 28

Vellore District

The Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju has asked the CISF personnel to be prepared for the new forms of terrorism and insurgency. The occasion was of the graduation ceremony of the batch of 789 women cadets of the CISF at their Regional Training Centre at Arakkonam of Vellore District in Tamil Nadu. The Minister praised the CISF's effective use of technology at Delhi airport and Delhi Metro facilities that not only improved the security, but also provided the satisfaction to the passengers. The 2017 was observed as a 'year of training' as more than 18,000 cadets graduated from regional centre across the country, said CISF ADG A.K. Pateria.

3 February 2

Chennai Airport

The NIA arrested Mohammed Riyaz/Riyas-a resident of Kannur in Kannur District of Kerala, from Chennai Airport in Chennai District of Tamil Nadu. Mohammed Riyaz was alleged to force his wife to convert to Islam and attempted to sell her to the IS operatives in Syria. We had prior information about Mohammad Riyaz travelling from Jeddah city (Saudi Arabia) via Colombo (Sri Lanka) and arrested upon his arrival at Chennai Airport. He has been interrogated at NIA office in Chennai and his arrest has not been officially recorded so far, said an unnamed NIA officer. Mohammed Riyaz is also accused of using Fake Indian Passport.

4 February 4

Cumbum Town/Theni District

Five members of a FICNs gang with links to a group based in Afghanistan in Cumbum town in Theni District of Tamil Nadu, along with FICNs in denomination of INR 2,000 worth INR 2.61 Lakhs. During the interrogation, one of the members identified as J. Ajmal Khan claimed that the gang was involved in distribution of the counterfeit currency notes and the notes were printed by his father in the same town. Based on his claim, the Police raided his house and recovered the FICNs. His father and other unidentified gang members were also arrested said unnamed source of Tamil Nadu Police.

Non-Violent (FICN recovery)
5 February 7

Salem/Salem District

The Mukkom Police arrested two persons, both natives of Tamil Nadu, and seized FICNs worth INR 1 million, following a secret operation. One of the accused Suresh Kumar, resident of Salem District in Tamil Nadu, was arrested from a lodge room at Mukkom in Kozhikode District, along with FICNs to the tune of INR 50,000, following a tip off received by the Police. "On interrogation, we received information that a woman named Nirmala from Salem also is involved in the fake currency racket. Nirmala was arrested by a Police team from Salem and counterfeit currencies to the tune of Rs 9.5 lakh and equipment used for printing fake currency," said K P Abhilash SI of Mukkom Police Station. The Police have seized FICNs in the denomination of INR 2,000, INR 500, INR 200 and INR 100 from both the arrestees. Investigation is on to identify the remaining members of the network. According to Police, the some of the gang members of the same group were arrested by Thrissur Police in May 2017, with FICN to the tune of INR 300,000. The racket was trying to distribute the FICNs in different parts of Kozhikode District, Police said.

Non-Violent (FICN recovery)
6 February 12 Poonamalle Taluk/Tiruvallur District

The NIA arrested Ansar Meeran (29) from an unspecified hideout in Poonamallee of Poonamallee Taluk, Tiruvallur District in Tamil Nadu, who is accused of being IS sympathiser and for plotting terror attacks in Tamil Nadu. Meeran is the fourth accused stated in the FIR of IS-Tamil Nadu case. Meeran and other eight accused were charged under Sections 120B of the IPC and Sections 17, 18, 18B, 20, 38, 39, and 40 of the UA (P) Act 1967. Meeran was produced before the designated Special Court and was sent to judicial custody at Puzhal Central Prison in Chennai District (Tamil Nadu). Meeran and his associates conspired the terror attacks, recruited members for IS, raised illicit funds, arranged travelling for individuals to travel to Syria and join IS, said an unnamed Investigation Officer.

Non-Violent (Arrest)
7 February 22

Coimbatore District

Around 28 youths from Tamil Nadu are under scanner of the NIA for alleged links with IS. Out of 28, 20 people are residents of Coimbatore District, said an unnamed senior NIA official. The majority of youths, with age between 20-25 years, belong to the State of Kerala, and residing in Tamil Nadu for over a decade. The suspicious overseas travelling details of these youths raised an alarm to NIA and soon the agency started collecting their cell phone and social media details, said an unnamed senior NIA official. All of them are well educated-with graduate degrees and some of them are postgraduate too.

Non-Violent (Surveillance)
8 March 13 Tamil Nadu

The NIA filed chargesheet against four accused-Haja Fakkurudeen (42), Khaja Moideen (50), Shakul Hameed (27), Ansar Meeran (29) for their alleged links with Islamic State (IS). The UMHA has directed the NIA to investigate eight people from Tamil Nadu and a person from Telangana for their alleged activities related recruitment, organising camp, receiving illicit funds and helped new recruits to travel to Syria and join IS. "NIA investigation has revealed that the prime accused Haja Fakkurudeen had organised and attended several conspiracy meetings in India, with his associates, for raising funds and to recruit persons to Daesh (Arabic synonym of IS) in 2014. He had subsequently joined Daesh in Syria along with his family during the last week of January 2014 and has been seen featured in the propaganda video released by the terrorist organisation on social media websites during December 2016," read a statement released by the NIA.

Non-Violent (Chargesheet filed)
9 March 14 Chennai

Five unidentified Islamic State (IS) sympathisers from different location from across India, travelled to Doha (Qatar) in late 2017 with a plan to sneak into Syria and join the IS, were arrested and has been deported to India and undergoing the de-radicalisation process. These five IS sympathisers belong to Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Pune (Maharashtra) and Bijnour in Uttar Pradesh (U.P.). In November 2017, they were arrested by the Doha Police and their interrogation revealed that one of them [unidentified] had sneak into Syria and come back. The group was deported to India in February 2017. The sympathisers confessed that they use social media to reach out to its potential recruiters. In case if does not work-out, then they planned to sneak into IS-controlled regions such as Syria and Iraq.

Non-Violent (Statement)
10 March 15 Chennai

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) filed a chargesheet against four accused including a Singaporean of India-origin-Haja Fakkurudeen for conspiring and organizing the terror camps, recruitment and training of Islamic State (IS) sympathizers in Tamil Nadu and Telangana, reports The Hindu on March 16. The other persons in the chargesheet are Khaja Moideen (50), Shakul Hameed (27), Ansar Meeran (29) with Sections 120-B and 125 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) imposed on them. Haja Fakkurudeen had organised and attended several meetings in India with his associates, for raising funds and to recruit persons to the IS during 2013-14. He joined the IS in Syria along with his family during the last week of January, 2014, and has been seen in the propaganda video released by IS in December, 2016.

Non-Violent (Chargesheet filed)
11 March 31 Chennai

The NIA filed a counter-affidavit in the Madras High Court against a bail plea of Chennai-based M. Shakul Hameed aka Salavudeen (27)-an IS sympathiser who migrated to Syria in 2015 but later deported to India by the Turkish authorities. If the appellant (Hameed) is released on bail, he would likely to get involved in IS-sympathising activities and may also escape from India. Other accused in the same case are still absconding and they have to be secured to contain the threat to India, read the counter-affidavit.

Non-Violent (Counter-affidavit)
12 April 7 Chennai

The NIA filed a chargesheet against two accused-Sadham Hussain and Subair in murder case of a Hindu Munnani Spokesperson of C. Sasikumar. When raided the houses of both accused, the investigators found incriminating documents and DVDs of Zakir Naik, read the chargesheet. The team of investigators recovered the donation receipts of Islamist extremist organisation-Popular Front of India (PFI), PFI literature, mobile phones, CDs and pen drives, DVDs of Zakir Naik, said unnamed official of the NIA. On September 22, 2016, C. Sasikumar of Subramaniyampalayam near Thudiyalur in Coimbatore District of Tamil Nadu was brutally hacked to death by four-member gang while he was returning home on his motorbike.

Non-Violent (chargesheet)
13 April 23 Coimbatore

A convict of 1998 Coimbatore serial blasts-Mohamed Rafiq (53) who served imprisonment and released, was arrested on April 23 after an audio clip of his eight-minutes conversation with a truck contractor-Prakash, surfaced in which Rafiq boasted about his plan to kill Indian Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi and claimed to be the one who planted bombs during the visit of Lal Krishan Advani-a Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) member to Coimbatore in 1998, reports The Times of India. Mohamed Rafiq has been charged with two counts of Sections 153-A and 506 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and was produced before the Judicial Magistrate VI R. Rajavelu and send to judicial custody. The preliminary investigation revealed that it was the case of 'showing-off' to intimidate Prakash and no murder conspiracy. However, the investigation is on-going, said an unnamed Police officer from the Special Intelligence Unit.

Non-Violent (arrest)
14 May 3 Tamil Nadu

The NIA probed a woman IS operative-- Karen Aisha al-Muslimah aka Karen Aisha Hamidon, in Manila, Philippines- who was alleged to direct Indian members of IS to carry-out terror activities in India. During the NIA's probe of IS related cases in 2015 and 2016, it was found that three accused-Mohammad Naser (from Tamil Nadu), Mohammad Sirajuddin and Adnan Hasan (from Karnataka), were in contact with Karen through social media platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Telegram. Karen is one of the most active IS operative in Philippines between 2014 and 2015, claimed the NIA. She ran various Facebook pages, WhatsApp groups and Telegram channels for motivating, radicalising and instigating her online associates from different countries, including India to fight on behalf of IS in conflict zones, said NIA Spokesperson. Karen was arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBN) of the Philippines on October 11, 2017 and was charged for incitement to rebellion. The NIA is now waiting for handing over of evidence through a legal channel by the Philippines so that the case against the arrested persons becomes stronger in the court, said the NIA Spokesperson.

Non-Violent (NIA Statement)
15 May 28 Tamil Nadu

The joint team of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Delhi Police probed Mohammad Rasheed (40)-a native of Tamil Nadu at Delhi's IGI Airport for his alleged links with terrorist organisations and recruiting two French citizens for training in Pakistan. Rasheed was handed-over to the NIA and later to Tamil Nadu Police for further investigation. Rasheed believed to be self-radicalised and was allegedly in contact with terrorists involved in 2002 Bali bombings in Indonesia which claimed 202 lives. In 2013, for his alleged links with terrorist organisations-Rasheed was sentenced to eight years imprisonment in France. Rasheed was deported to India in third week of May 2018 [date unspecified].

Non-Violent (Probing)
16 June 2 Coimbatore

The Tamil Nadu Police unrevealed a printing unit of the FICNs in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu and arrested an unidentified man with 6,000 FICNs worth INR one crore. During a routine vehicle check, a man was found carrying FICNs worth INR 83 lakh on his two-wheeler vehicle. Acting on the confession made by the arrested man, Police searched his house in Velandipalayam in Coimbatore city and recovered another slot of FICNs worth INR 20 lakh. Along with FICNs-a computer, printer, and note cutting machine was also recovered from the house. Further investigation is ongoing, said an unnamed Police officer.

Non-Violent (Arrest with FICNs)
17 June 8 Chennai

The Madras High Court has dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) to ban alleged radical organisation based in Kerala-the Popular Front of India (PFI) for its involvement in activities to disturb peace and harmony of the country. It is not for this court to decide that which organisation shall be ban. This decision lies with the executive of the State, said Chief Justice of Madras High Court-Indira Banerjee and Justice P.T. Asha. The Intelligence agencies had claimed that PFI had a role in three bomb blasts in India in 2012, 2013, and 2015 [dates unspecified], said PIL petitioner K. Gopinath.

Non-Violent (Judicial Statement)


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January 15

Tamil Nadu

Investigations following the arrest of five members of a group called Base Movement in November 2016 have revealed that a leader of the group was involved in four blasts carried out in Madurai between 2011 and 2014,. The five members were arrested by the NIA from Madurai in Tamil Nadu in connection with a series of bomb blasts at court premises in South India. One of the arrested men, N Abbas Ali, who is linked to former operatives of Al Ummah, has revealed that he planted four bombs in Madurai between 2011 and 2014. Ali is accused by the NIA of planning and executing blasts in the premises of courts in Chittoor, Kollam, Mysuru, Nellore and Malapuram between April 7 and November 1, 2016.

Following are the accounts of the Madurai blasts provided by Ali to investigators, which are corroborated by news reports:

The May 2011 blast occurred in a dustbin near the crowded Mattuthavani bus stand at 9.15 pm. Nobody was injured in the minor blast. On September 29, 2011, Ali planted a device in a Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation bus to mark the anniversary of the 2002 killing of Al Ummah leader Imam Ali by police in Bengaluru. The IED, made with materials sourced from firecrackers, was found by employees of the transport corporation and defused. On September 29, 2012, Ali planted an IED outside a TASMAC wine shop in Theni to mark the death anniversary of Imam Ali. The device exploded but no casualties occurred. The fourth blast occurred on February 9, 2014, at the venue of an AIADMK meeting in Madurai. The bomb, placed below the stage, exploded when no one was around. The date was the anniversary of the hanging of Afzal Guru, who was convicted in the 2001 Parliament attack case. "Ali has claimed to have been involved in four blasts in the Madurai region. It seems that these cases are undetected or some others have already been arrested,'' a source said.

2 February 6

Chennai/ New Delhi

Nine Indians joined the IS in 2016 - eight from Tamil Nadu and one from Telangana, the NIA learnt from the central security agencies that interrogated three people who were deported from Abu Dhabi for recruiting Indian for IS.

According to the report, the NIA's FIR which was registered on Republic day, both in the capital and in Chennai, says that the agency took custody of the three men who were working in Abu Dhabi on behalf of IS. Sheikh Azhar Al Islam Abdul Sattar Sheikh, Mohammed Farhan Maohammed Rafiq Shaikh and Adnan Hussain Mohammed Hussain were working to 'identify, motivate, itizen ze, recruit and train Indian itizen located both in India and other countries for planning and executing terrorist attacks in India and other friendly countries'

3 February 7


The suspected IS Chennai module, which had a Telangana native in its ranks, received funds from unknown sources in Syria at the behest of the banned outfit. NIA had registered a case in the last week of January against nine members of the module on the charge of working for Islamic State. Of the nine-member module, only one person actually joined the terrorist outfit, while the rest failed to reach Syria, NIA officials said.

The IS sympathisers had reportedly organised several meetings and even chalked out plans to reach the terror hinterland to work in the so-called caliphate. "Based on information available with us, only one person from Chennai reached Syria. Prima facie, we have information that the module got funding from abroad and they were at an advanced stage of executing their plans to reach Syria," the NIA officials told. They were still in the process of identifying the place where they undertook training in Tamil Nadu. The IS module member from the state is suspected to be from Karimnagar in North Telangana and the state Police was unwilling to disclose his identify. Though he hails from Telangana, he had been working in Chennai. It is through social media the nine came to know each other.

4 April 24


Two persons have been arrested for allegedly trying to purchase train tickets using FICN. The incident happened at the booking counter at Central railway station in Chennai and FICN with a total face value of INR 7,000 was recovered from them, RPF officials said. The enquiry revealed that the city based duo possessed three fake notes in INR 2,000 denomination and two in INR 500, they added. They were later handed over to Government Railway Police (GRP), who filed a case and are probing the matter.

5 May 22

Pudukottai District

Two persons were arrested along with FICNs in the denomination of INR 2000 and INR 500 with a total face value of INR 10,000 on in Pudukottai District of Tamil Nadu. They were arrested when they allegedly tried to circulate the notes.

6 May 25

Tamil Nadu

NIA has filed the chargesheet against three men from Tamil Nadu belonging to Base Movement, an alleged terror group, before a special court in Bengaluru for triggering an explosion in court premise in Mysuru on August 1, 2016. According to a press release from NIA, the agency arrested five people and chargesheets were filed against N. Abbas Ali, 28, 'founder' of Base Movement, of Madurai, Samsun Karim Raja, 23 of Madurai, and Dawood Sulaiman, 23, of Palavakkam, Chennai.

7 June 3

Tirunelveli District

FICN with a face value of around INR 1.4 crore has been seized following the arrest of two persons in Tenkasi of Tirunelveli District. Hassan (61) and Samidurai (49), who were found moving around suspiciously with a bag at the bus stand were arrested. A search revealed that they were carrying fake currency worth Rs six lakh with them. After questioning, police personnel seized fake currencies in INR 2000, INR 500 and INR 100 denominations to the tune of INR 1,36,60,000 from Samidurai' house. Apart from the fake currency notes, police also seized three xerox machines used by the two.

8 July 4

Burma Bazaar area / Chennai

Rajasthan ATS arrested a suspected Islamic State (ISIS) handler, identified as Haroon (30) from Burma Bazaar area in Chennai in Tamil Nadu. The accused, Haroon, is suspected of collecting and sending funds to the terrorist organisation and was detained following information from two other accused, Mohammed Iqbal and Jamil Ahmed, who are already under the custody of Rajasthan ATS. Haroon reportedly runs a mobile phone shop in the area.

The report states that Haroon has been taken to Jaipur (Rajasthan) for further questioning and investigation. There have been reports of several individuals joining the Islamic State in Syria from Tamil Nadu and Telangana. It is believed that nine people, including one from Telangana and eight from Tamil Nadu, had joined Islamic State in the year 2016.

9 August 3


A NIA team from Cochin (Kerala) carried out searches in the houses of two people from Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu), for allegedly having links with terror group Islamic State (IS). The NIA searched the houses of Abdul Rahman, (27), who hails from Kottai Pudur in Ukkadam and S Abdullah, (24), whose house is on Pallivasal Street in Karumbukadai. Moreover, the NIA also carried out searches at an internet browsing center in Karumbakadai. The NIA reportedly interrogated the two accused, till late on August 3, at the office of the Coimbatore Police Commissioner.

They seized 70 DVDs with inflammatory speeches, two mobile phones and two laptops. The two youngsters were allegedly running a browsing center and were spreading ISIS propaganda.

Abdul Rahman had finished MCA and was searching for a job while Abdullah had completed Class XII. The NIA had also conducted searches at the residence of a person from Alapuzzha. "Based on the reliable information that certain persons from Kerala and Tamil Nadu were in touch with the members of the ISIS/Daesh terror module in this case, over internet based social media platforms and have been radicalizing on the ideology of ISIS, the NIA conducted searches at houses and workplaces of such persons. Inputs had also revealed that such radicalized individuals were inclined to support and further the objectives of the prescribed terrorist organization," the press release stated. The NIA seized mobile phones, laptops, hard disks, pen drives, DVDs/ CDs, memory cards, SIM cards, along with books and manuscripts.

10 August 3


Three persons have been taken into custody by the NIA on the charge that they were affiliated with the Islamic State (IS). The NIA arrested one person from Alappuzha in Kerala and two from Coimbatore. They were detained after raids at their residence following inputs that they were in contact with suspected IS recruits from South India. Data storage devices, mobile phones and other materials were seized. The raids were conducted after obtaining orders from the NIA court in Kochi. Alok Mittal, Inspector-General, NIA, confirmed the detention and said no arrest had been recorded. An NIA Kochi team is interrogating the Alappuzha native, who is employed by a private firm in Kochi, and the two others. Reports said the detained men were maintaining social media contact with suspected IS recruits. The NIA raids were linked to the investigation in a case regarding the Umar Al Hindi module and a meeting held by its members in Kanakamala in Kannur District of Kerala, in October, 2017. According to the NIA charge sheet in the case, members of the module - youth from Kerala and Tamil Nadu entered into a criminal conspiracy to wage war against the Government of India.

11 August 4


The NIA was questioning two more persons from the Coimbatore city (Tamil Nadu), believed to be 'close friends' of the duo who were interrogated two days ago in connection with an Islamic State (IS) module busted in Kannur District (Kerala) last year. A team of officials, led by a DSP from Kerala arrived in Coimbatore and took the youths to a Police station for "questioning" about the movement of their friends from Karumbukadai and Ukkadam in the Coimbatore city. According to Police sources, one youth is running a shop that sells second-hand books and the other a shoe outlet in the city. They would either be released after questioning or taken to Kochi, they said.

In the past few days, NIA has questioned "a few persons" from Coimbatore and Alappuzha in Kerala as part of its probe in connection with an Islamic State module busted in Kannur District in 2016. Report adds that Basil Shihab of Alappuzha (Kerala), Abdul Rahman, of Ukkadam in Coimbatore, and S Abdullah, of Karumbukadai in Coimbatore, are being questioned by the NIA team at its Kochi office since August 4. Their interrogation will continue on August 6 too. The NIA had on August 3 carried out searches at the residences of these youths.

12 September 18


The NIA arrested one person, identified as Shakul Hameed, who had planned to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) as well as carry out attacks in Tami Nadu, from Chennai. NIA said that Hameed had hatched a conspiracy along with eight others in 2013, to further activities of ISIS in India. The agency had filed a case against this module from Tamil Nadu in January this year (2017). "Hameed and associates, with the intention of furthering the activities of the proscribed terrorist organisation Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)/Daesh, had hatched a criminal conspiracy from 2013 onward and formed a terrorist gang which had raised and received funds, organised meetings, recruited and facilitated the travel of some persons to Syria to join the ISIS/ Daesh," said NIA in a statement.

13 October 6

Coimbatore Rural District

The NIA questioned a 26-yer-old youth, identified as Amir in Mettupalayam in Coimbatore Rural District of Tamil Nadu for his suspected links with the militant group Islamic State (IS/ISIS). The youth, who is running a mobile sales and service shop, was picked up by a NIA team from Kochi in Ernakulam District of Kerala on October 6th morning. Amir, who has no criminal record in the local police stations, was taken to Mettupalayam station and questioned him. NIA officials recovered a mobile phone and five SIM cards from him. After questioning him for hours, the officials let him go. He was asked to appear before them in Kochi on October 9.

14 November 9


A NIA official's team questioned two persons in Chennai for their alleged links with the Islamic State (IS). NIA sources said the two men, identified as Mohammed Jaffer of Kondithope and Sahib of Mannadi, were questioned by a team of officials from Delhi in a secluded place in Chennai city. They were summoned to appear before them to inquire after IS sympathiser Shajahan VK had spilled the beans about them during questioning. NIA officials said Shajahan, hailing from Kannur District in Kerala, was deported from Turkey in July after a failed attempt to enter Syria. The Delhi Police arrested him in July after he was deported from Turkey. The NIA took over a case from the Delhi Police in September.

Inquiries revealed that Jaffer and Sahib met Shajahan during their visit to Uttar Pradesh in 2016. Shajahan disclosed to intelligence agencies about the presence of 17 people from Kerala in the IS in Syria and Iraq. Shajahan had visited Turkey for carrying out terrorist activities after procuring an Indian passport in the fake name of Mohammad Ismail Mohideen. He travelled to Turkey from Chennai in February.

15 December 30 Madurai

Madurai Police arrested seven members of a gang for attacking N. Abubacker-an accused of serial blasts cases in the court complexes in various parts of South India. These seven persons were hiding in a lodge in Triplicane city in Chennai in Chennai District and were arrested with the assistance of Chennai Police. The arrested persons are identified as Mohammad Harun, Thoufiq Ali, Kiasuddin, Seeni Allah Pichai, Farooq Abdullah, Mohammad Ali, and Abubacker Siddique. All seven persons were present in the court of Judicial Magistrate and later lodged in prison.



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March 20

Chennai / Tamil Nadu

CB-CID arrested three persons in connection with FICN racket in Chennai (Tamil Nadu). Siddique, Syed and Ganesh were arrested after a tip-off from the personnel of the OCIU. The counterfeit currency wing of the CB-CID took over from there and arrested them. "FICNs are brought into the country through the permeable Indo-Bangladesh borders to Malda in West Bengal from where they are ferried to other parts of the country," a Police officer said.

2 April 15

Madhavaram / Chennai / Thiruvallur District

Officials of the NIA picked up a 23-year-old driver from his residence in Madhavaram of Chennai city in Thiruvallur District of Tamil Nadu to conduct inquires into Burdwan blast reported in West Bengal on October 2, 2014. Based on the confession of an already arrested suspect, a team of NIA Sleuths picked up Ebin Abdullah, a resident of Ambedkar Nagar in Madhavaram. The officials interrogated him for more than three hours to get details of another suspect who was involved in the Burdwan blast and allegedly stayed with him earlier. Interrogations revealed that the man whom they were looking for had left Chennai and was hiding in Kerala. The person who is at large had links with the Burdwan blast in West Bengal in 2014, in which an explosion occurred in a two-storeyed building in the Khagragarh locality of Burdwan. Two persons were killed and one was injured in the incident. Sources said the suspect was part of a three-member team who prepared bombs in a house in Khagragarh.

3 June 2

Thanjavur District

The NIA filed a charge sheet against a 23-year-old hacker from Tamil Nadu, identified as Mohammed Naser who went to Sudan to join the terrorist outfit Islamic State (IS). According to the charge sheet, a text message sent by the accused, Mohammed Naser, to his father has been listed among the key pieces of evidence against him. When he reached Sudan via Dubai on September 25, 2015, he allegedly sent a text message to his father: "Pray for me, for I will never forget you in my prayer…my prayer that we meet again if not in this world then in jannat (paradise)…I have reached to the Islamic State. I know it might sound kind of crazy for you but your son really had to take this bold step to get out of the corrupt system which has democracy first on its list. There is no comeback."

A resident of Thanjavur (Thanjavur District), Mohammed Naser first went to Dubai in October 2014, where his father was working. He came back to India when his 90-day visa expired. He went to Dubai again in May 2015 on an employment visa. Meanwhile in February the same year when he was in India, Naser came into contact with a Twitter handle- Dawlah, which promoted IS propaganda. He expressed his desire to travel to Syria and the user recommended his name to join a WhatsApp group, 'Islam Q And A.' Later in April, he switched to Telegram, a secure web-based application, after he came to know that it was difficult to intercept. "He was part of various IS chat groups and expressed his desire several times to do hijrat [migrate]. No one replied to his messages. It was in August 2015 he came into contact with another Twitter handle-madmullah which arranged his visa for Sudan," said a senior NIA official.

4 June 5

Thanjavur District

Wife of IOCL manager-turned Islamic State (IS) propagandist and recruiter Mohammed Sirajuddin has testified against his terror activities in the virtual world, which were primarily focused on finding easy targets and radicalising them. The NIA sources said Siraj, an engineering post graduate, who was working as assistant manager in IOCL, Jaipur, Rajasthan had told his wife about his plan to migrate to Syria.

Siraj, was also in touch with Tanjavur's (Tamil Nadu) IS recruit Mohammed Naser who was arrested by the NIA after deportation from Sudan in 2015 The NIA recently filed a chargesheet against Naser, incorporating statement of his father, who turned a witness in the case. A self-radicalised supporter of terrorism, Siraj had wide overseas connection and his targets included vulnerable women. One such girl Amina, based in UAE, was drawn into extremist ideology by Siraj, who wanted to marry her and take her to Syria along with his first wife.

5 June 13

Pudukudi village / Tirunelveli District

Vice-president of Pudukudi village Panchayat in Tirunelveli District of Tamil Nadu, Daniel Prakash, arrested by Karnataka Police officers in connection with the 2013 blast near the BJP office in Malleswaram, Bengaluru, had close connections with subversive elements and sleeper cells of terrorist organisation Al Ummah in Tamil Nadu. He also supplied them explosives on at least three occasions.

The investigators said Daniel Prakash had supplied Al Ummah terrorists with explosives in 2011 that they used to target BJP leader L K Advani by planting a bomb beneath a bridge in Alampatti village, 30km from Madurai. Central Crime Branch Assistant Commissioner Venkatesh Prasanna said Prakash also sourced the explosives that the terrorists had used to set off a blast in Tirunelveli in 2012.

6 August 15


The CCB, Bengaluru, have arrested a member of banned outfit Al Umma from Tamil Nadu for the Malleswaram blast in 2013. Mohammed Ali Khan alias Kutti, 45, allegedly supplied explosive materials to terror suspects who planted a bomb outside the BJP office on April 17, 2013. The blast left 18 persons, including two students, injured. He was picked up from a hideout in Satyamangala, Erode District. Police said Kutti was convicted in the 1998 Coimbatore blast, which killed 50 persons. He was in jail for 12 years and released in 2010. "Kutti is also a prime accused in the explosion outside film director Mani Ratnam's residence in 1998. He was involved in four other blast cases in and around Tamil Nadu in 1998," CCB said.

"Kutti has expertise in gathering and transporting blast materials. He would purchase them from different shops and avoid coming back to the stores for the second time. Introducing himself as a quarry contractor, Kutti would approach the owners and purchase the materials, including gelatin sticks, timer, wire, battery shells and iron pellets," Police said. Seventeen (17) accused, including Kutti, have been arrested so far in the Malleswaram blast case.

7 August 26


Earlier this month, the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF), an international proscribed affiliate of the terror group al Qaeda (AQ) that creates and disseminates jihadi media, formed a new branch -- GIMF Sub-continent to publish and translate the group's messages, videos and magazines in Hindi, Bengali, Urdu and Tamil. Other AQ-related media and its supporters too have begun a big propaganda drive particularly targeting Tamil and Malayalam speakers to reach out to the Muslim youth for recruitment in South India.

Post-Dhaka attack in Bangladesh, both terror groups the Islamic State (IS) and AQ, have upped their recruitment drive in the Indian sub-continent, with the former clearly winning more supporters online as it publishes its official information in Bengali language in addition to English, Arabic, French etc. To counter the IS propaganda, AQ too has started disseminating messages, videos and jihadi literature in Tamil and Malyalam language. And it is heavily using the social media platform of Facebook for propaganda and communication. Groups like Tamil Ansar and Olivin Charathu (under the shade of Olive tree), Syria through Indian Eyes regularly update information on AQ and its activities in Syria in Tamil and Malayalam.

8 October 3 Tamil Nadu

The NIA detained a person from Tamil Nadu in its probe into Islamic State (IS) modules in south India.

9 October 5 Tirunelveli / Tamil Nadu

The NIA has arrested a Tamil Nadu based man who had joined Islamic State (IS), fought alongside the so called caliphate for several months in Iraq and Syria and returned to India to carry out attacks in India. The suspect, Subhani Haji Moideen alias Abu Meer (31), who hails from Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu, sources say, stayed in Syria and Iraq for almost four to five months, met senior leadership there and fought with the allied forces and rebels. Official sources say Meer also came in touch with latest IS module led by Majeed alias Omar al-Hindi and is being questioned about his links.

Meer is second operative after Mumbai (Kalyan) based Areeb Majeed to have fought alongside IS and arrested by Indian agencies. Areeb Majeed was caught in October 2014 upon his return to India from Syria while Meer was here in Tamil Nadu for last several months and his activities were being watched.

The NIA and states' police have arrested 60 IS operatives in India since 2014 out of which only Meer and Majeed have been so called "warriors" on the ground of the deadliest terrorist organisation.

10 October 11

Alandur / Chennai

A 26-year-old man from West Bengal, identified as Kariyudullah, was arrested along with FICN amounting INR 2,46,000 in Alandur in Chennai. Police believe he could be a part of a network pushing counterfeit notes into circulation in metro cities of India. These notes are printed in Pakistan and smuggled through Bangladesh. It was disclosed that he was staying with his associate Abdul Wahab, also from West Bengal in a hut in Hazarkhana. Though the Police searched the place, they could not trace Abdul Wahab. Kariyudullah said he brought the notes from his native place from an agent on commission base.

11 October 12


Following NIA inquiry, at least three people suspected to have links with the Islamic State (IS) have been picked up in Coimbatore. According to reports, the three suspects have been taken to Kerala, where already six other suspected IS were arrested. This new development has come after an NIA search operation for the suspected IS people. The inquiry was on for the past 11 days where search was on for 15 youngsters. And now, out of those 15, 3 have been picked up by the Police. As per reports, some alleged IS recruitment cells are running as sleeper cells in the country where investigation agencies are always in constant hunt to nab such people, in order to eliminate their anti-national activities.

12 October 17

Sevapet / Tiruvallur District

Police arrested a man, identified as Jamiano, hailing from Bihar for circulating FICNs in the denominations of 1, 000 at Sevapet near Tiruvallur (Tiruvallur District). Police are checking if he was part of a racket involved in circulating fake notes in the area. Police said a racket transporting FICN from Pakistan to West Bengal and to other parts of the country is in existence.

13 October 23

Tamil Nadu

The Islamic State (IS) group's Indian operative from Tamil Nadu, Subahani Haja Moideen, disclosed that one of the 2015 Paris attackers was his "group leader," according to the NIA investigations. During the interrogation, the IS operative took the names of the militants responsible for the 2015 Paris attacks including Belgian national Abdelhamid Abaaoud, Salah Abdeslam, and Omar Ismail Mostefei. Abaaoud was killed by the French Police during an encounter and Abdeslam was caught in March by the French authorities in Belgium. Moideen said that one of these attackers was his leader, however, he did not mention which one. The officials said that Moideen could be lying about being connected with the Paris attackers and more probing is underway.

He was recruited from Tamil Nadu and was radicalised by IS through social media platforms. He left the country in 2015 and travelled from Chennai to Istanbul in Turkey on April 8. Moideen then headed to Syria with some more jihadi recruits from Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries, according to official sources. Moideen has fought alongside IS militants in Iraq and is said to be the most "battle-hardened" Indian recruit from the terrorist organisation until now. "Moideen said during the time he crossed over to Iraq from Turkey and his training, in which he was given religious lessons, taught use of AK-47, grenade launchers, bomb making and use of machetes, one of the Paris attackers/conspirators was the in charge of the group," a security establishment official stated.

14 November 28

Madurai District

Three suspected members of an outfit called the 'Base Movement', which is linked to five blasts in courts in South India since April 2016, were arrested by the NIA in Madurai District. "In the last 24 hours, in a joint operation with Tamil Nadu Police and Telangana Police, the NIA has apprehended four youths for their involvement in blasts at …court complexes in South India. During sustained examination, they have confessed their involvement in these blasts," said a statement released by the NIA. The three who have been arrested were identified as Abbas Ali (27), Suleiman Mohd Abdullah (23) and Samsun Karim Raja. The NIA said the fourth person, Mohammed Ayub Ali (25), was being questioned. "Three have been arrested in Madurai. Two more are being tracked even as one suspect is being questioned," said an unnamed officer. According to the NIA, the group was led by Abdullah, who is from Madurai but lives in Chennai. Raja and Abbas Ali are also from Madurai.

15 November 29

Tamil Nadu

Continuing with its probe in the blasts outside court premises in South India since April, 2016, NIA arrested two more persons, identified as Mohammed Ayub Ali (25) and Shamsudeen (25) for suspecting their involvement in the conspiracy to carry out bomb explosions by a group sympathising with terror outfit al-Qaeda. With recent arrest, the number of people arrested in the case has gone to five. The NIA, along with Police forces from Tamil Nadu and Telangana, had arrested three persons a day earlier for the five bomb blast cases in court premises of Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka since April.

The NIA had arrested Abbas Ali, Dawood Suleiman and Samsum Karim Raja, all residents of Tamil Nadu. The NIA spokesman had claimed that the arrested accused "during sustained interrogation confessed to their involvement in these blasts." Ali, a school dropout, was working as a painter and also ran a library in the name 'DarulIlm' at Madurai. Raja is a Commerce graduate and runs a chicken broiler shop at KannimaraKoil street in Madurai. Suleiman was working in a software firm. He was the main leader of the terrorist group which was influenced by the ideology of Osama bin Laden. The group had claimed responsibility for these blasts and circulated pamphlets, pen drives and CDs in the name of "The Base Movement", translation of the word al Qaeda.

16 November 30

Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu, followed by Kerala have emerged as the new safe haven for Islamic terrorists operating from South India, say senior intelligence officials based in Chennai. They were reacting to the arrests of five suspected Islamic terrorists from various places of Tamil Nadu over November 28-29. Official sources confided that those arrested were conspiring to unleash a series of terrorist activities including assassinations all over India. "We have tracked strong undercurrents of secessionist activities in Tamil Nadu and Kerala spearheaded by various Islamic outfits. All these arrests have been made based on precise information gathered by our moles," said a senior intelligence official. He said all espionage agencies have increased the intensity of monitoring the suspects. "All suspects are always on our radars and hence there is nothing to panic," he said.



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Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu Police questioned four suspected IM members, who have been arrested on charges of supplying bomb-making material to different parts of the country. The Tamil Nadu Police are ascertaining whether the accused supplied explosives for the bombs on the Bengaluru-Guwahati Superfast Express train in Chennai Railway Station last year. The twin blasts had occurred on the train on May 1, 2014 at the Chennai Central railway station, killing a software engineer on the spot.

2 January 26 Tamil Nadu

A Tamil language newspaper, Dinamalar received a letter threatening an attack similar to the one on the office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. "We have received the letter from the newspaper and a probe is on," a senior Police official said. The letter, typed in English, says "Yesterday-Paris Charlie Hebdo, Tomorrow - Dinamalar." The words appear against the background of India's map. The letter was sent through post by unidentified elements claiming to belong to an outfit called "The Base Moment," and said to be based at "3/10, Ukkadam, Kovai, Tamil Nadu, India." Below the map is a picture of Osama bin Laden and the words "By al-Qaida," and some Arabic words appearing like a signature, the police official said.

3 February 13

Manapparai, Tiruchirapalli District

The counterfeit currency (CC) wing of CB-CID Police, Trichy arrested a 44-year-old man, C Sakthivel for possessing FICN worth around INR 198,000 in Manapparai in Tiruchirapalli District of Tamil Nadu. Police seized a computer printer reportedly used by him. During interrogation, he reportedly told Police that a person called Mani was his mentor in the illegal business. After learning the techniques, Sakthivel acted on his own. Police said Sakthivel chose the industrial areas Karur, Tirupur, Erode to circulate FICN.

4 March 6


NIA filed the charge sheet in a court in Chennai in a case of alleged espionage and attempts to carry out sabotage activities in India at the instigation of Pakistan. It was filed at a NIA court against Thameem Ansari, a suspected operative of ISI now on bail and a Sri Lankan national, Arun Selvarajan, besides three others who are their handlers in Pakistan and suspected to be based in Sri Lanka. "The offences against the accused include those under UAPA, IPC and Official Secrets Act," Public Prosecutor for NIA cases, C S S Pillai stated. Raising funds for terrorist act, conspiracy (Sections 17,18 Unlawful Activities Act), sedition, criminal conspiracy (IPC, 121 A, 120 B), penalty for spying (Section 3, Official Secrets Act) are among the major charges.

5 March 19

Sukrawarpetta in Coimbatore

Three persons, identified as Khider Mohammed, Sundara Raj and Balasubramaniam were arrested by Police at Sukrawarpetta in Town Hall in Coimbatore along with FICN, worth INR 14,000. All three men were booked under sections 489B (using as genuine, forged or counterfeit currency-notes or bank-notes), 489C (possession of forged or counterfeit currency-notes or bank-notes) among others of the IPC.

6 March 21

Pranmalai in Sivaganga District

A team of Police officials from Special Intelligence Unit and 'Q' Branch arrested two persons, identified as S. Abbas Mydeen (40) and M. Mubarak (22) from Melur in Madurai. The duo, held under provisions of Explosives Act, and for criminal conspiracy, was produced before the Judicial Magistrate-I, D. Thriveni, who remanded them in judicial custody till April 1, 2015. "We got an alert from our informants about their movements in Pranmalai in Sivaganga District following which we picked them up. Upon interrogation, they confessed to their involvement in some of the explosive cases (reported in Madurai city, rural areas, Sivaganga and Theni Districts). In other cases, their accomplices were involved," a Police official said. The Police also took them to Pranmalai hillock late on March 21 and seized a small quantity of an explosive substance, timer devices, batteries, few pieces PVC pipes among others from a cavern. "These are remnants of the materials used for the explosives that were found or blown off in various places in Madurai and neighbouring districts," the official said.

7 March 26 Chennai

Police arrested a six member gang involved in FICNs racket from an undisclosed location in Chennai in Tamil Nadu along with FICN worth INR 311,000. Police said. They were later remanded to judicial custody.



8 April 3 April 3

Chennai Police arrested a former cadre of banned terrorist organisation Al-Umma in connection with the murder of Hindu Munnani leader K P S Suresh Kumar in June 2014. An investigator said Abdullah alias Mannadi Abdullah, was arrested by a Police team led by Assistant Commissioner of Police A Rajendra Kumar and Inspector K Pugazhenthi from a hideout in the suburbs. Abdullah had funded the slaying of Suresh Kumar, secretary of Hindu Munnani's Tiruvallur District unit. Police charged Abdullah with murder and produced him before a magistrate who remanded him in judicial custody. Investigators named Abdullah as accused number 17 in the case. An investigating officer said Abdullah was a key operative of Al-Umma, which the state government banned after the 1998 Coimbatore serial bombings that left 58 people dead and more than 200 injured.

9 April 14 Chennai

Four persons, hailing from West Bengal, were arrested from an undisclosed location in Chennai along with FICNs INR 53,500. Giving details, Police said one Saleem Sheikh was held and on his information three others -- Ropan Ali, Rafool Sheikh and Mithu Sheikh were later arrested. The head of the gang, Samjad Sheikh is however absconding.

10 April 15 Ramanathapuram District

Ramanathapuram District Police in Tamil Nadu have stepped up vigil on the 276-km long coastline following an alert from intelligence agencies that LeT, might sneak in via sea route and carry out terror attacks. After receiving the alert on April 10, Police have intensified patrolling and night vigil at important landing points in Rameswaram, Thondi and Kilakarai areas in coordination with the ICG and CSG, SP N M Mylvahanan said.

11 April 15 Chennai

The office of DGP and Chennai Press Club have received a letter allegedly sent by terror outfit IS threatening to "shoot" at least ten RSS activists in the state and carry out bomb blasts in the city next week, prompting Police to launch a probe.

12 April 16 Tamil Nadu

According to NIA, the SIMI has been on revival mode was planning setting up of cells in the states of South India. They were constantly moving around the border areas as they found it easier to escape between states, an NIA official said. It has also been found that SIMI operatives after carrying out the Chennai train blast had moved into the border area of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Investigations by the NIA have revealed that these operatives had taken shelter in a place called Tada which is along the AP-Tamil Nadu border.

13 April 22


UMHA suspects the SIMI members' involvement in a series of incidents in different parts of the country, including blasts at the Chennai railway station in May 2014, the explosion in Bijnor and the blast in Roorkee. It is also being suspected that the same module had carried out the blast at Bengaluru in 2014 that had left a woman dead. NIA wants all these cases shifted to the agency. UHM Rajnath Singh had written letters to the chief ministers of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka last month asking them to speed up investigations into the respective terror cases in their states.

14 April 24

Tamil Nadu

A high-level team, led by IG of Police (Coastal Security) G. Suryaprakasha Rao, has completed a study on the existing coastal security system and strategies adopted by Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Odisha. The study, which began on April 7 in Srikakulam District, covered nearly 3,000 kilometers in the three States. The team documented strategies that were being adopted by the States to prevent human trafficking and other illegal activities on the sea route. "We visited nearly thirty marine Police Stations and discussed the use of our technology to guard the coastline with the authorities in Tamil Nadu and Odisha...Talks with Tamil Nadu ADGP Sailendra Babu were fruitful in sharing views on coastal security," Suryaprakasha Rao said.

15 June 7

Tamil Nadu

Malaysian authorities have shared with India, the interrogation and other details pertaining to a Sri Lankan national, Mohammed Hussain, who had been arrested in Malaysia on the charge of conspiring to carry out terror strikes on the US and Israeli consulates in South India. The case was cracked with the arrest of the Sri Lankan national Sakir Hussain on April 29, 2014. The interrogation report suggests that Hussain had admitted he was part of the conspiracy and had promised Sakir Hussain, his compatriot, to help reach two suicide bombers to the southern coast from Maldives, official sources said. While Hussain, who has been convicted, is at present serving a jail term in Tamil Nadu, co-accused Sulaiman has been deported to Sri Lanka from Malaysian custody.

16 June 23


A city special court at Chennai canceled the bail petition of Mohammad Salim, an associated of ISI operative Sakir Hussain. Salim was arrested for possession of FICN that added up to INR 250,000. Special Judge P Murugan said the charges against Salim were "very serious in nature." He was alleged to have committed a terrorist act, which threatened the economic security and monetary stability of the country.

17 June 29


Police recovered a bunch of FICNs dumped inside a waste bin near the international departure terminal at Chennai airport in Tamil Nadu. A passenger noticed a torn currency note inside a waste bin kept close to Gate 4 at the International Terminal. He informed Police and moved on. A Police team examined the waste bin and recovered at least 15 FICNs in the denominations of INR 1

18 July 20 Ramanathapuram District

Police arrested a former militant of the proscribed LTTE, identified as K Krishnakumar (39) and recovered 75 cyanide capsules, 300 grams of cyanide, four GSP sets and seven mobile phones at coastal Uchipulli in Ramanathapuram District of Tamil Nadu (India). Acting on a tip-off, a Special Branch team, led by Inspector of Police Vellaiyappan arrested the Sri Lankan Tamil along with two local Tamils R Sasikumar (25) and N Rajendran (44), who reportedly brought him from Madurai bus stand in a car to Uchipulli, Police said. According to report, the seizure of the suicide pills carried by the LTTE militants tied around their necks triggered speculation that the LTTE was trying to revive the movement after it was defeated by the Sri Lankan forces in the civil war, which ended in 2009. The Police also seized seven mobile phones, INR 46,200 in Indian currency, LKR 19,300 in Sri Lankan currency, Indian and Sri Lankan driving licences from the Lankan Tamil, K Krishnakumar, who had served in the LTTE in the 1990s and came to Tamil Nadu in 2009.

19 July 21 Ramanathapuram District

One of the two Sri Lankan Tamils arrested on July 20 along with communication gadgets and cyanide in Ramanathapuram District of Tamil Nadu (India), has been identified as Krishnakumar, a close associate of slain LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran, said the Indian Police. A top Police officer said that sleuths from IB, Tamil Nadu 'Q Branch' Police, and Special Intelligence Unit are now interrogating the LTTE militant, arrested along with two others during a routine vehicle check at Uchipuli in the Ramanathapuram District. Police also said all coastal Districts in the state had been alerted to monitor for movement of members of LTTE and checkposts asked to be extra vigilant. It was suspected Krishnakumar would have arrived in the country in the immediate aftermath of the decimation of LTTE and killing of Prabhakaran by Sri Lankan SFs in 2009, Police said. The arrested were identified as Krishnakumar, Rajendran, also a Sri Lankan national, and Sasikumar, a local who drove the car. Krishnakumar was planning to go to Sri Lanka by illegal ferry when he was arrested. Sasikumar, the driver of the car, and Rajendran, an alleged 'ganja' (drug) peddler residing in Uchipuli, were arrested for providing shelter to the militant of a banned organisation, Police said. Police said Krishnakumar and Rajendran could be sent to a special camp (for former Tamil militants) after interrogation.

Tamil Nadu Police suspect that the arrested LTTE operative was possibly smuggling materials like cyanide capsules and GPS equipment to some people in Northern Province of Sri Lanka. Police said, Krishnakumar had been staying in Trichy and had lot of contacts at refugee camps in Chennai and Trichy. Krishnakumar was trying to leave the country as his marriage was getting fixed in Jaffna. But he could not go legally since he feared that his name was in the LTTE cadre list and he may be detained as soon as he landed in Sri Lanka. Krishnakumar was transporting these materials to some people in Jaffna and Police sources speculated that there is some regrouping of LTTE going on in Sri Lanka, though they suffered a fatal defeat in the civil war of 2009. The exact sources who provided him cyanide and the people to whom he was transporting the materials will be known after thorough investigation, Police said.

20 July 24 Chennai

The Madras High Court Bench set aside an "illegal conviction and seven-year sentence" imposed by a trial court on three people, alleged to be LTTE sympathisers, on charges of conspiring to smuggle acetone, glycerine, formaldehyde and dicyanamide to Sri Lanka for making explosive substances and indulging in unlawful activities in 2008, reports Daily Mirror. Disposing of appeals filed by them, Justice S. Nagamuthu ordered retrial in the case since the 'Q' branch Police and the lower court had made "grave mistakes" in the trial that led to their conviction on March 4, 2015. He pointed out that there were inconsistencies between charges framed against the accused and the charges under which they had been convicted.

21 July 26 Tiruchirappalli International Airport / Tiruchirappalli (Trichy) District

The Tiruchirappalli City Police arrested a former member of the LTTE, identified as A. Kumaraguru (39) at the Tiruchirappalli International Airport in Tiruchirappalli (Trichy) District of Tamil Nadu before he could board the flight to Malaysia. Police also arrested G. Thirumurugan (30), a native of Uppur in Ramanathapuram District and Mubarak Ali for assisting him acquire an Indian passport. Police said Kumaraguru was a member of the LTTE from 1992 to 1997 and had lost his right leg while fighting the Sri Lankan SFs during that period. He was lodged in the Sri Lankan jail from 2009 to 2012. According to Police, Kumaraguru came to Chennai in July 2014 for treatment and stayed there for nearly a year. He was native of Kodikamam village near Jaffna. The sources said Kumaraguru got an Indian passport under the fictitious name of A. Arokiadasan giving a fake address in Pamban in Ramanathapuram District as his place of stay. The plan of Kumaraguru was to go to Malaysia and from thereon to Canada and later to Switzerland to make a livelihood through the refugee grant given by that country.

22 July 28

Tiruchirapalli / Tamil Nadu

Investigators of the Tamil Nadu 'Q' branch Police interrogated LTTE) operative A Kumaraguru, who Police arrested at Tiruchirapalli International Airport in Tamil Nadu on July 26 when he attempted to flee to Switzerland with a fake passport. Officers of the Police's special anti-terror wing said they questioned Kumaraguru about his links to an arrested member of the rebels, Krishnakumar, and his associates in Ramanathapuram (Tamil Nadu). Investigators said Kumaraguru lost his right leg in the civil war in Sri Lanka and used a prosthetic limb. Kumaraguru and his wife Sudharsini arrived in Chennai in 2014 and lived in Choolaimedu, where a member of a Tamil outfit gave them shelter.

23 July 31

Erwadi / Ramanathapuram District

Two persons, identified as K Nellai Ibrahim and S Sarbuddin were arrested for allegedly attempting to deposit FICNs in the denomination of INR 1,000 in SBI branch at Erwadi in Ramanathapuram District of Tamil Nadu. Ibrahim had mixed five fake notes while claiming to deposit INR 20,000 and Sarbuddin included one counterfeit along with 14 genuine notes, Police said. Later 30 FICN of INR 1,000 denomination were also seized from them.

24 August 23

Ramanathapuram District

Four persons, identified as Marx, Robert, Murugan and Yasser Arafa were arrested under the National Security Act for allegedly trying to circulate Pakistan-printed FICNs in Ramanathapuram District and some other parts of Tamil Nadu. Counterfeit notes were also seized from them. Murugan had allegedly brought the FICN from Sri Lanka and had attempted to circulate it.

25 September 21 Chennai

There are at least 250 vital installations, including malls, places of worship, hotels and high-rise buildings, in Chennai city that are vulnerable to a terror attack, the Tamil Nadu commando force has found. These are part of the list of sensitive and vital installations in the state the force prepared in coordination with the NSG.

26 September 26

Keezhakkarai/ Ramanathapuram District

Police arrested a suspected kingpin of FICN racket and seized counterfeit currency notes at Keezhakkarai of Ramanathapuram District. After a trail of investigation, a special Police team arrested Abdul Rahman. Fake currency notes in the denomination of INR 500 were seized from him, which were very high quality with texture and font sizes matching with those of real currencies.

27 October 9 Ramanathapuram District

Ramanathapuram District 'D-team' constituted exclusively to deal with drug traffickers and maintain surveillance on former offenders neutralised a new drug trafficking network after arresting two accused, as Maiazhagu and Samidurai. It has also launched a hunt for three others, including two persons from Kerala. The local smugglers, who were so far dependent on 'sources' in Sri Lanka for carrying out smuggling activities, appeared to have established their own network as Bakiaraj from Danushkodi, an important link in the network, had gone to Sri Lanka to receive the contraband, SP N.M. Mylvahanan has said.

28 October 19 Ramanathapuram District

ADGP, Coastal Security Group, C Sylendra Babu, who inspected the security arrangements in coastal areas in Rameswaram in Ramanathapuram District of Tamil Nadu said the vigil has been intensified. The Police force will get more advanced patrol vessels for surveillance, he said. He also said that out of 30 new marine Police stations announced by the State Government, 11 stations have started to function and the rest will become functional shortly. Subsequently, the strength of coastal security group is also increased from 200 personnel, he said

29 November 3

Vedaranyam /Nagapattinam District

ADGP (Coastal Security) C Sylendra Babu visited Vedaranyam in Nagapattinam District and reviewed coastal security measures. The ADGP also inspected an unmanned boat that was washed ashore in the area a month ago. The CSG of the state-of-the-art patrol boats and fast craft used for surveillance in the coastal stretch of this. Later, the ADGP said the focus of CSG was not just coastal security, but it also extended to protecting the coastal eco-system, especially the fauna and flora.

30 December 10 NS

A youth hailing from Tamil Nadu, suspected to have been in touch with Islamic State (IS) recruiters and propagandists, is set to be deported back to India today, said sources in central intelligence agencies. Although, the agency officials are tight-lipped about the country where he came under the scanner of law enforcement agencies, sources pointed out that he was moved to a third country from where his deportation has been planned. "This is good news for us as it shows that the youth are getting disenchanted and disillusioned from the ISIS after seeing its actual character from close quarters. They are also feeling the pain of extreme racism at the hands of their Arab handlers that goes totally against the egalitarian approach of Islam. We hope to see more such desertions," said sources.

31 December 11 NS

As reported earlier, the identity of a 23-year-old computer engineer from Chennai, who was trying to enter Syria to join the Islamic State (IS), has been revealed as Mohammad Nasir, and it has been stated that on December 10, he was deported from Sudan. Nasir, had reportedly travelled to Sudan to meet an IS recruiter who was facilitating his journey to Syria. The NIA has registered a case against Nasir, and is set to take him into custody.

32 December 11 Delhi

The 23-year-old software engineer from Tamil Nadu who was detained and later deported from Sudan for trying to join Islamic State (IS) had worked for eight months in an IT company in Chennai. NIA arrested Mohammed Nasir soon after he landed at Delhi airport. He hails from Tirunelveli but had worked in Chennai and Dubai. He was living with his parents in Dubai when he tried to join the terror outfit. A Police officer said, "Investigation with his relatives showed that he had spent time in Chennai working before moving to UAE. His expertise was in managing database."

33 December 26 Vellore

Vellore Police arrested a man, identified as Mahadab Kaviraj hailing from Nadia District of West Bengal, on charges of possessing FICN with a face value of INR 50,000. The arrested was identified as Mahadab Kaviraj from NadIa district, West Bengal.



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Tamil Nadu

Police arrested a gang of three members at Adam Sahib Street in Royapuram (Chennai, Tamil Nadu) for circulating FICNs of INR 1,000 denomination for the last six months in different parts of Chennai, including shopping hubs in T. Nagar and Purasawalkam.

2 January 6 Kadathur / Dharmapuri / Tamil Nadu

Two country made bombs with detonators were found in a gunny bag in Kodiyur village near Maniyambadi in Kadathur block (Dharmapuri District) of Tamil Nadu.

3 January 8 Coimbatore

Two persons were arrested along with FICN with the face value of INR 19,500 from Coimbatore city of same District.

4 January 22 Tamil Nadu

According to intelligence sources, on January 22, 2014 a Tamil Nadu-born person had left for Syria to fight alongside the Islamic fundamentalists. In 2013, the same person had trained with the Chechen jihadis and had recruited two Chennai college students for Jihad in Syria as well.

5 January 23 Chennai

Two persons were arrested for circulating FICN with the face value of INR 35,000 in Chennai.

6 February 7 Tamil Nadu

A hi-tech vessel traffic management system was inaugurated at V O C Port in Tuticorin (Tamil Nadu).

7 February 20 Tamil Nadu

Two persons, identified as Jeevan Prakash and Ramesh were arrested from a bank in Gangadeeswarar Koil Street in Purasawalkam in Chennai for circulating FICN with a face value of INR 11,000.

8 February 23 Tamil Nadu

A team of Kerala and Tamil Nadu Police arrested a key suspect, K Sahul Hameed alias Paravi Badusha wanted in connection with a bomb blast on April 17, 2013, outside a BJP in Bangalore (Karnataka), from his hideout in Anchal in Punalur of Kollam District. Police also seized a pistol and 17 kg of explosive substances from him.

9 March 2 Tamil Nadu

Police arrested four people, identified as Shanmugham, Murugesan, Subramani and Thangarak and seized 250 gelatin sticks and 150 detonators from an undisclosed location of Tamil Nadu.

10 March 11 Chennai

FICN in denominations of 500 and 1000, amounting to INR 5,62,00,00 were seized from a 49-year-old man, identified as Ashok Kumar by a Police patrol team in Flower Bazaar in Chennai.

11 March 24 Tamil Nadu

All special division CID units in Tamil Nadu have been urged to keep tabs on activities of suspected fundamentalists following the arrest of Waqas and his accomplices.

12 April 30 Chennai

A day after the arrest of Sakir Hussain, a suspected ISI agent from Sri Lanka, the Tamil Nadu 'Q' Branch Police arrested two more people from Chennai.

13 May1 Chennai

One passenger, identified as Swathi died and nine others were injured in a bomb blast in the Guwahati-Bangalore Express train stationed at the Chennai Central Station.

14 May 1 Cuddalore

The Rajasthan ATS arrested a suspected IM operative, Ashraf Ali from Chidambaram town in Cuddalore District.

15 May 5 Chennai

The Tamil Nadu Police told at a court in Egmore, Chennai that suspected Pakistan's ISI agent Sakir Hussian, a Sri Lankan national, arrested from Chennai was working on a plan to sabotage the Indian Navy bases at Kochi and Visakhapatnam. Meanwhile, court remanded Sakir Hussain to three days Police custody

16 May 6 Rameswaram

A new security system has been put in place and CSG deployed off Rameswaram to completely block infiltration through sea. Jyoti Basu, in-charge of CSG, Rameswaram said that CSG has been deployed in the area after police received information that ISI agents could infiltrate India from Sri Lanka via Palk Straits.

17 May 7 Tamil Nadu

A forensic examination of the remains of IEDs collected from the two coaches of Bangalore-Guwahati Express have revealed that the explosives were similar to the Patna (Bihar) bombs, which exploded on October 27, 2013. In both the incidents, analogue clocks were used as timers, a senior official said.

The NSG has reported to the MHA that the bombs weighing 1.5 kilogram, had been kept in a bag and the primary explosives used in the IED was ammonium nitrate mixed with petrol.

18 May 8 Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu DGP K Ramanujam announced a reward of INR 5,00,000 to anyone providing information that leads to the identification of the culprits behind the twin blasts at Chennai Central on May 1.

19 May 8 Chennai

A Sri Lankan national, Zakir Hussain who was earlier arrested on April 29 and suspected to be an agent of an ISI operative, was remanded in judicial custody till May 13, 2014 by a magistrate court in Chennai.

20 May 8 Rameswaram

Three Naval patrol vessels arrived at the Navy jetty at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu in the backdrop of information that Pakistan's ISI could infiltrate India from Sri Lanka through the sea.

21 May 13 Chennai

The court of XIII metropolitan magistrate in Egmore (Chennai) extended the judicial custody of suspected ISI agent Sakir Hussain by 15 days.

22 May 14 Chennai

A Sri Lankan national, an associate of suspected ISI agent Sakir Hussian, was arrested in Malaysia is believed to be involved in a plan to attack foreign consulates in Chennai and Bangalore, India.

23 May 19 Vellore

SID of CB-CID investigating the twin bomb blasts on Bangalore-Guwahati Express in Chennai Central Railway Station on May 1, interrogated the terror suspects 'Police' Fakruddin, Panna Ismail and Bilal Malik in the Vellore Central Prison.

24 May 27 Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu Police obtained an arrest warrant for a Sri Lankan national and suspected operative of ISI, Mohammad Hossaini, arrested by the Malaysian Police on May 14. Investigators said Hossaini was a close aide of Sakir Hussain, another Sri Lankan recruited by the ISI, who had been arrested by the Tamil Nadu Police on April 29, 2014.

25 May 28 Tamil Nadu

Police teams investigation May 1, 2014 Chennai train blasts ruled out the involvement of the SIMI module headed by Patna blasts-accused Haidar Ali. While Ali and his three associates, arrested by NIA on May 19, denied involvement, their claims have been corroborated with their location being found in Jharkhand at the time of the Chennai blasts.

The other suspect in the case, Tamil Nadu-based terror outfit Al Umma, is also being ruled out.

26 May 28 Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu Police approached senior CBI officers in Delhi, to extradite from Malaysia a suspected operative of ISI, Mohammad Hossaini, who was part of a plot to carry out attacks in Chennai and Bangalore.

27 May 30 Tamil Nadu

Kerala Police seized over 200kg of ammonium nitrate and over 2,000 gelatine sticks from the outhouse of the residence of Binu of Arattukuzhi near Vellarada in Thiruvananthapuram District. The explosives were brought from Trichy in Tamil Nadu. Besides Binu, Police have booked one more person, Vinod in the case.

28 May 31 Chennai

NIA arrested a native of West Bengal, identified as Muhammed Inshan Ali who is an accused in the Manjeri (Malappuram District of Kerala) FICN case from Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

29 May 31 Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu Police secured a non-bailable arrest warrant against Mohammad Hossaini, who was arrested in Malaysia for alleged conspiracy to carry out terror strikes on the US and Israeli consulates in South India, which was sent through diplomatic channels to France-based Interpol headquarters for issuance of Red Corner Notice.

30 June 3 Chennai

Police found that a private bank in Karapakkam in Kancheepuram District was involved in circulation of FICNs after they questioned a woman who tried to deposit FICN at a bank branch in K K Nagar in Chennai.

31 June 4 Chennai

Crime Branch of CID neutralised an inter-state FICN racket after arresting two persons, Rafiq and Shahul Hameed in Chennai. Police officers said they seized FICN with a face value of INR 8,90,000 and a country made gun with two loaded magazines from them after they smuggled them in from Kolkata by train on June 3.

32 June 5 Chennai

The blast on the Bangalore-Guwahati Express train at Chennai Central railway station on May 1, 2014 was a sabotage, says a statutory inquiry conducted by Commissioner of Railway Safety, Southern Circle.

33 June 5 Chennai

A special team of the CB-CID of Tamil Nadu Police is in West Bengal on the trail of Fakhrul Islam, the suspected kingpin in the FICN racket that was earlier neutralised on June 4 in Chennai. Islam, Police found, did not have a record in West Bengal or in any other state.

34 June 10 Tamil Nadu A top Delhi Police officer revealed that firearms from eastern Bihar's Munger District are the preferred choice of criminals from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Orissa, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Delhi, Haryana and Bihar. Non-violent
35 June 11 Chennai

Sources said that two men, Rafiq and Shahul Hameed arrested on June 4 for bringing FICN to Chennai turned out to be gun pushers too. Police have also picked up a man called Fakhrul Ismail in Kolkata believed to be the kingpin of the gang.

36 June 11 Chennai

Terrorists backed by ISI were planning to target port, central railway station and airports in Chennai and Bangalore, as per revelations by ISI agent Mohammed Sakir Husain arrested at Chennai in April 2014.

37 June 23 Tamil Nadu

Detectives of CID's SID are working on a detailed plan to locate and dismantle Al Umma's sleeper cells in Tamil Nadu. The plan is based on revelations by Al Umma operatives 'Police' S Fakrudeen, Panna Ismail and Bilal Malik. Information gathered from them during interrogation by a team of SID investigators in Bangalore, where they are being held in Police custody, has worried senior officers. An officer said Al Umma's network in the state was wider and their members more entrenched than police earlier believed.

38 June 25 Tiruttani, Tiruvallur District

Tamil Nadu Police arrested five people and neutralised a FICN racket in Tiruttani in Tiruvallur District. The arrested persons were found to be printing FICN in denominations of 100, 500 and 1,000 using sophisticated printing machines. Police seized FICN adding up to INR 3,25,000 from them.

39 June 27 Tamil Nadu

Police arrested Abdul Karim alias Palani Babu, an Al Umma cadre and accused in the 1998 Coimbatore bomb blasts case, along with his associate in connection with the June 18 murder of Hindu Munnani leader, Suresh Kumar. Karim was among the 80 accused in the serial blasts case released by a court in 2007. An Al-Umma activist, he stayed with prime accused S A Baasha in Chennai.

40 June 28 Tamil Nadu

NIA has taken over the investigation into the case of alleged plot by Pakistan-based terror group to carry out suicide attacks on the US and Israeli consulates in South India. The probe was handed over by the Tamil Nadu Police so that the complete conspiracy hatched overseas including in Sri Lanka and Malaysia could be unraveled, official sources said. Besides these two countries, investigation would also be carried out in Maldives from where the suicide attackers were supposed to take a boat ride to reach a coast in Kerala, the sources said.

41 June 28 Tamil Nadu

Administrative authorities of Tamil Nadu and Police have decided set up a panel to strengthen security along the coast to prevent terrorist elements coming from Sri Lanka, and other illegal maritime activities. The authorities and the Police have taken the decision to set up a standing committee comprising representatives from various security agencies to share intelligence, strengthen coastal security, prevent smuggling and human trafficking through sea route was taken at a meeting last week.

42 July 1 Tamil Nadu

According to IB reports, Sri Lanka and Maldives have been named as FICN's two new places of origin, and Chennai in Tamil Nadu as the point of arrival. An IB official stated, "Until now, FICN was known to come from Bangladesh and Nepal. The addition of two more neighbours to this list is rather worrying". Once the notes are offloaded at Chennai, they make their way to other states.

43 July 6 Coimbatore

Crime Branch of Coimbatore unit, arrested five people along with FICN with a face value of INR 1,00,000. According to Police, one person, A Sudhakar, 30, was arrested from Andipalayam village in Namakkal District. Separately, two people were also arrested: Vignesh, 26, from Gupta Nagar at Sangakiri and Thomas, 26, from Attur in Salem District. Police, however refused to reveal the names of two other accused.

44 July 12 Tamil Nadu

As investigations into July 10, Pune blast progress, agencies are worried about two persons from Thane who are reported to have left for Iraq to fight along ISIS about a year ago. These two boys are part of the 18 Indians learnt to be fighting in Iraq and Syria and are being tracked by intelligence agencies.Sources within the security establishment say most of these 18 hail from south India. Some of those who have been identified belong to Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. It is not known whether any of them has returned but such exodus from south India has become a cause for worry for the agencies.

45 July 17 Chennai

Two suspected cadres of Al Umma, identified as Naseer and Allauddin were arrested from a hideout in Chennai. They are arrested in the June 18 case regarding murder of Hindu Munnani leader, Suresh Kumar. The killing, Police believe, was because of a hate speech Suresh had delivered against the Muslim community at a public meeting in December 2013.

46 July 18 Coimbatore

Two people, identified as G Jayaraj and N Ramanujam were arrested by the Crime Branch-Counterfeit Currency Wing, Coimbatore unit near Coimbatore railway junction, along with FICN with a face value of INR 26,000. The duo was remanded to judicial custody. According to Police, Ramanujam was assigned to design the currency by the gang. After designing the currency he gave it to Jayaraj.

July 22 Chennai

One person, identified as Rafeeq, an agent dealing with FICN in Chennai, Tamil Nadu was arrested by the NIA.

July 24 Chennai

Two persons, identified as Suresh Kumar and Hitesh Kumar, were arrested in the Flower bazaar area of Chennai along with FICN with a face value of INR 100,000. The notes turned out to be photocopies of INR 1,000 denomination. A few cellphones and laptops were seized from them.

July 28 Tamil Nadu

Amir Zubair Siddiqui, a Pakistani diplomat named as the person managing ISI activities in India from Sri Lanka, was on the radar of Indian intelligence agencies since 2012, He was first booked by the Tamil Nadu Police after they picked up a suspected ISI agent, Thameem Ansari, in September 2012. Siddiqui is said to have provided an ATM card to Ansari and sent money to him from Colombo.

July 29 Chennai

Hindu Munnani's headquarters at Chintadripet in Chennai received a letter, which threatened to kill Hindu leaders who make inflammatory speeches against Prophet Muhammad. The letter, written in Tamil, mentioned the first letters of Hindu leaders in Districts of Chennai, Sivaganga, Coimbatore, Trichy, Virudhunagar and Tirunelveli and threatened to kill them. Police said the letter had been posted from Palakkad in Kerala and they were trying to trace the sender.

August 2 Tamil Nadu

Tamil youths numbering around 20, wearing black T-shirts with 'ISIS' printed on them and posing in front of a mosque, has gone viral on social media, creating an alarm in the intelligence wing of the Tamil Nadu State Police.

Non-violent Ramanathapuram District

Police arrested two youth, M Abdul Rahman and Rilvan from Thondi in Ramanathapuram District of Tamil Nadu after a photo of a group of youth wearing the t-shirts printed with slogans supporting Islamic State (IS) surfaced on a social networking site.

August 6 August 6

Police arrested a man, identified as S Faizur Rahman from Tiruppur District of Tamil Nadu on charges of ordering and procuring t-shirts printed with slogans supporting Islamic State (IS). This is the third such arrest made.

August 9 Tamil Nadu

IB launched a counter-radicalisation effort to neutralise the influence of radical elements in the wake of growing support to IS across India. The move got fresh impetus after some youth from Tamil Nadu and J&K displayed the IS flag and sported T-shirts with its logo. They were influenced by IS 'chief' Abu-bakr Al-Baghdadi, who has called for establishing global Caliphate, inviting Muslim youth, essentially Sunnis from across the world, to join Jihad.

55 August 13 Coimbatore

At least six persons, identified as Saddam Hussain, Abdul Zuan, Rehmatullah Ali, Abdul Rasheed, Mohammed Azharuddin and Abdul Rehman, were arrested for plotting to kill Hindu Makkal Katchi leaders from Sultan Mosque in Rathina Sabapathi Puram area of Coimbatore District. Police said that one of the accused Abdul Rehman was found to be a former SIMI member, Saddam Hussain and three others were youth members of PFI.

56 August 16 Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu Police and intelligence sleuths are trying to trace the person or persons who uploaded on YouTube a Tamil sub-titled video of a speech of Abu Muslim, a Canadian who died fighting for IS in Syria.

57 August 26 Tamil Nadu

Sources said that IS, in a deadly pursuit to establish an Islamic Caliphate, is recruiting poor Muslims in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra and J&K. The several security agencies including RAW and NIA have said that more than 100 Indian men could have already joined the IS in Iraq and these IS recruits could be used to strike terror in India once the war in Iraq and Syria ends. Sources also said that an IM man who is declared as wanted by the NIA could be recruiting for the IS.

58 August 26 Salem district

A large cache of arms including spent shells of 245 grenades and 28 rockets, believed to have been used by the LTTE in the 1980s have been unearthed in a reserved forest at Kolathur near Mettur in Salem district of Tamil Nadu. It is believed that LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran and his cadres had used this Kolathur camp for training purpose during 1984-86.

59 September 10 Chennai

A Sri Lankan national, Arun Selvarajan was arrested by NIA, in Chennai (Tamil Nadu) for spying in India on behalf of Pakistan's ISI.

60 September 10 Madurai

According to Police, FICN in denominations of INR 1,000 and INR 500 with a face value of INR 20,000 have been detected in cash sent from nationalised banks to the RBI zonal office in Madurai (Tamil Nadu).

61 September 17 Tamil Nadu

Following the arrest of Arun Selvarajan, (on September 10) who is suspected to be an ISI agent, Tamil Nadu 'Q' branch sleuths have started enumerating Sri Lankans staying in Tamil Nadu. Police sources said there are about 65,000 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in the 114 camps in the state. There are more than 12,000 Sri Lankan Tamils with passports settled outside the camps.

62 September 18 Tamil Nadu

Officers of the NIA are interrogating a woman student of a dental college after Sri Lankan ISI agent Arun Selvarajan, revealed about his relationship with her and his accomplices in Tamil Nadu. Investigating officers have taken in the woman for questioning as well as another of Selvarajan's associates, an undergraduate student at a top college in the city.

63 September 23 Chennai

NIA officials produced a suspected ISI agent, Arun Selvarajan, before special court judge in Chennai (Tamil Nadu). He was remanded in judicial custody.

64 September 25 Thiruvallur District

Suspected ISI operatives Arun Selvarajan (arrested on September 10, 2014), Sakir Hussain (arrested on April 29, 2014), Sivabalan (arrested on May 1, 2014), Mohammad Salim (arrested on May 1, 2014) and Rafiq (arrested on January 16, 2005) were produced before a Poonamallee special court in Thiruvallur District which extended their custody and remanded them in Puzhal prison.

65 September 25 Thiruvallur District

Two suspected Al-Umma operatives (arrested on August 6, 2014), who were arrested for their alleged role in the murders of a few leaders of Hindu organisations in the state, were produced before the Poonamallee court and their remand was extended.

66 September 26 Chennai

An Indian tribunal headed by Justice G P Mittal that was set up to judicially scrutinize the ban on the LTTE recorded the evidence presented by the UMHA in support of a notification it issued proscribing the outfit for five years from May 14, 2014. The notification banning LTTE cited threat to India's sovereignty as a reason.

67 October 8 Tamil Nadu

The CID officers claimed that the terror links of Burdwan blast seem to have spread across the country to J&K, Mumbai and Tamil Nadu. DIG of CID Dilip Adak said "It seems Shakil and his associates in Burdwan made and received several calls to and from Tamil Nadu, Mumbai and J&K barely 48 hours before the blast on the morning of October 2." Another investigating officer said "We are now certain that Bangladeshi outfit JMB is involved in the crime. Shakil and his wife are members of the outfit. Analysing these phone calls, we are trying to find out whether other outfits like IM also involved."

68 October 10 Chennai

The NIA has been granted three days custody of Arun Selvarajan, a suspected ISI spy who was arrested last month in Chennai by a special Court in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. NIA sought custody of Selvarajan for the second time, submitting a need to further interrogate him on details of his activities and of his links with the Pakistan's intelligence agency.

69 October 11 Tamil Nadu

The NIA's probe into the Burdwan blast is pointing to a bigger plot extending not just to neighbouring Assam, but also to J&K and the southern states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The NIA has, based on leads gathered from the women arrested from the Burdwan blast site, picked up a suspect from J&K, a construction worker belonging to West Bengal. An official said that "Phone records reveal that they had contacts in almost all the major megacities, also in South India. We will have to verify the antecedents of each and every contact. Six of the Assam-based suspects who were in touch with the two men killed in the blast have already been arrested."

70 October 14 Chennai

Another NIA team questioned three suspects, including an alleged ISI conduit in Chennai, Tamil Nadu after the agency found uncanny similarities in the IEDs that exploded in Burdwan and the May 1 blasts on Bangalore-Guwahati Express at Chennai central station.

71 October 24 Chennai

The NIA filed a chargesheet in a Chennai court against the Sri Lankan national Sakir Hussain and two others for conducting espionage on behalf of Pakistan's ISI and plotting to attack Israeli and US consulates in Chennai and Bangalore The chargesheet has cited as evidence photos of vital installations in India, emails exchanged between the accused and a Pakistani embassy official in Colombo, Sri Lanka and forensic analysis of FICNs recovered from the accused at the time of arrest. The Chargesheet has also listed 40 witnesses. Sources said that the Sri Lankan national was hired by Pakistan embassy official Aamir Zubair Siddiqui who had been building a network of spies from the country to conduct espionage in India. Hussain had, in turn, hired Siva Balan and Mohammed Saleem who were arrested with FICN. There are a total of nine accused in the case including the Pakistan embassy official.

72 November 6 Chennai

A top KTF terrorist, Ramandeep Singh alias Goldy wanted for April 20, 2010 Patiala blast and the murder of Rulda Singh, head of Rashtriya Sikh Sangat on July 28, 2009 was arrested by Punjab Police in Chennai after he was deported by Malaysian authorities. He will soon be produced before the concerned court. The Counter Intelligence Wing of the Punjab Police has started tracking wanted terrorists who are staying abroad and in this process, intelligence leads about the whereabouts of Ramandeep were received, developed and shared with the Central agencies.

73 November 10

Anna Nagar East, Madurai District

Around 11 country-made bombs were recovered from a garbage bin on the Anna Nagar East Main Road in Madurai District of Tamil Nadu. On being alerted, the Madurai City Police reached the spot and recovered the bombs. The bombs, which were in oval and cylindrical shapes, were fastened with threads. The Police said they were clueless about the persons who had dumped the bombs in the bin.

74 November 11

Kanyakumari District

ED officials have booked a case against Abraham Jayakumar, a karate master in Kanyakumari District for hawala (illegal money transfer) transactions in Tamil Nadu. NIA officials have also started inquiring into the background of the accused, after suspicion of his links with some terror groups in the Middle East.

75 November 15


NIA investigating the October 2 Bardhaman blast, is looking for Gulshan Bibi- "drug queen" from Kolkata, now reportedly based in Chennai. Gulshan Bibi, who fled to Chennai years ago, still runs, through remote control, the narcotics business and sleuths have found connections between her and Islamic terrorists, said NIA sources. However, the Police in Chennai have no clue about her. Official sources in the Chennai branch of the NCB too said no drug smuggler or peddler by the name of Gulshan Bibi had figured in their radar so far. But NIA sources in Kolkata said Gulshan provided shelter to two JMB terrorists, who visited Chennai before the May 1 blasts at the Central railway station.

76 November 20 Chennai

According to the Intelligence sources, the twin blasts in the Bangalore-Guwahati (Kaziranga) Express at Chennai Central Station on May 1, 2014, was reportedly carried out by the five fugitive terror suspects from the terror outfit SIMI, who had escaped from the District jail in Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh. The breakthrough in the investigation came after the UP ATS tracked the call detail records of the suspects' mobile phones, which they had left behind. The terror suspects are also allegedly behind the September 12 accidental blast in Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh.

77 November 27 Poonamallee

Sakir Hussain, a Sri Lankan national and suspected ISI spy who was arrested in Chennai (Tamil Nadu) in April, 2013, pleaded guilty in Poonamallee Special Court by confessing that he had circulated FICN in India on instructions from Pakistan embassy officials in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

78 November 28 Poonamallee

Mohammed Sakir Hussain, suspected ISI agent from Sri Lankan was convicted to five years by a special court in Poonamallee on charges of smuggling FICN. "At the time of his arrest, he was in possession of INR 2, 53,000 worth high quality FICN meant to be circulated in the country to destabilise the economy," said special public prosecutor C.S.S. Pillai who appeared in the case.

79 November 29 Poonamallee

The code name for the terror plot to attack the US consulate in Chennai (Tamil Nadu) was "wedding hall" which was to be executed by "cooks", a code for terrorists who were to gain entry from Maldives into India, and "Spice" was the code name for the bomb devices which were to be planted at the consulate. Details of the failed plot were contained in the 23-page court order of Designated Special NIA Judge in Poonamallee, Chennai, in connection with the case.

80 December 3

Triplicane in Chennai

Two siblings, identified as Syed Jamil and Syed Askar from Bengaluru (Karnataka) were arrested while trying to exchange FICN worth INR 14,000 for purchasing a used two-wheeler at Triplicane in Chennai (Tamil Nadu). A third brother and accomplice, Syed Wasim however, had managed to escape.



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January 20

Moolakadai, Chennai District

Police intercepted a car near and seized FICN worth INR 503,000. Three persons were also arrested.

2 March 7

Melur, Madurai District

Police arrested two persons on charges of attempting to pass off FICN.

3 March 28

Madurai District

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.

4 March 29

Udumalpet, Tirupur District

FICN with total face value of INR 15,000 were detected among the remittances received at SBI's branch.

5 April 19

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.

6 April 23 Tamil Nadu

Police arrested three people for their alleged involvement in April 17, 2013, Bangalore (Karnataka) bomb blast.

7 May 24 Tamil Nadu

The NIA has begun a probe into claims by a Tamil Nadu man, Thamim Ansari, that he had recced Indian strategic and military sites for a Pakistani diplomat.

8 June 14

Usman Road, T Nagar, Chennai

Two persons identified as Kishore and Brindhavan were arrested when they attempted to exchange a FICN with a face value of INR 7,000.

9 August 8 Madurai

In a joint operation, the Special Investigation Division and the Madurai Police arrested two persons, Abdulla and Taufeeq in connection with the murder of a milk vendor in Madurai.

10 August 25 Tamil Nadu

Security in coastal areas of Tamil Nadu has been further increased following an anonymous telephone call about infiltration of terrorists.

11 October 9 Tamil Nadu

Al-Umma operatives Fakrudeen and Bilal Malik, who are now in CB-CID custody, during their interrogation by owning up murders of two more BJP leaders in the Tamil Nadu for which other people had been arrested earlier, Police sources said.

12 October 15 Coimbatore

CB-CID, Ernakulam, arrested a man, Muhammad Haneefa suspected to be a key member of an international gang which smuggling FICN, printed in Pakistan, to India through Dubai. He was arrested from Coimbatore International Airport in Coimbatore District.

13 December 18 Nilgiris District

FICN with a face value of INR 2,300 was seized from a person and his assistant at Aravankadu in Nilgiris District.

14 December 22 Thanjavur District

Three persons, including two college students, were arrested for printing and circulating FICN at Kumbakonam in Thanjavur District.



  • 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 denomination.

  • 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 cell.

  • 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 them.

  • 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 28.

  • 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 the case.

  • 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 for interrogation.

  • 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 in Kerala.

  • 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,

  • 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 theedai.

  • 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 said.

  • 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 bus stand.

  • 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 agencies said.

  • 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 seized.

  • 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 Act.

  • 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 him.

  • 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 arrested.

  • 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 in Perambalur.

  • 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 officials."

Source: Compiled from English language media sources.





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