PP Yoosuf (36) from Thalassery was arrested on Friday at Indira Gandhi International Airport after landing from Saudi Arabia.

2006 Kozhikode blast case NIA nabs one wanted man at Delhi airport
news Terrorism Saturday, February 02, 2019 - 08:32

The National Investigation Agency  on Friday said it has arrested another absconding accused in the 2006 Kerala twin blasts from the airport here.

P.P. Yoosaf, who had since been absconding, was arrested on Friday from the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport here after he arrived from Saudi Arabia, an NIA spokesperson told IANS.

He was produced later in the day before an NIA Special Court in the national capital to obtain a transit remand to take him to Kochi for his production before the Special Court in Ernakulam.

According tothe NIA official, Yoosaf, along with Ashar, who was arrested on January 23, had assisted T. Naseer in preparing the IEDs and had planted them at bus stands in Kozhikode City.

Last week, the NIA had nabbed one more person thought to be involved in the 2006 twin blast case in Kozhikode. Mohammad Ashar who had also arrived in Delhi from Saudi Arabia was arrested by the counter terrorism agency last week on Wednesday.

The twin blasts near the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation and Mofussil bus stands had rocked Kozhikode on March 3, 2006, and left two persons injured and a few properties damaged.

The NIA had taken over the case from the Kerala Police in 2009 and filed the chargesheet against eight accused in August 2010 under several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Arms Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

The NIA official said thier probe revealed that besides Yoosaf and Ashar, were involved in the conspiracy hatched by prime accused T. Naseer and others to carry out the IED blasts after bail was denied to the accused involved in the Marad communal riots of 2003 in Kozhikode district.

Ashar and Yoosaf had assisted Naseer in preparing the Improvised Explosive Devices and planting them.

(With inputs from IANS) 

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