Praveen, an RSS District Pracharak, was nabbed from Thiruvananthapuram Railway Station following a tipoff.

Kerala RSS man who threw bombs at Nedumangad police station arrested
news Crime Monday, February 04, 2019 - 07:52

Exactly one month after bombs were hurled at the Nedumangad police station in Thiruvananthapuram during the statewide hartal on January 3, the main accused, an RSS member, has been arrested. Praveen, an RSS District Pracharak, was nabbed from Thiruvananthapuram Railway Station in Thampanoor on Sunday. He had gone into hiding after the incident.

The arrest took place on Sunday morning based on a tip-off. “The District Police Chief - Rural received credible information that Praveen would be in Thampanoor, somewhere near the Railway station. Based on this, we were able to arrest him,” Circle Inspector of Nedumangad police station told TNM.

Praveen, who hails from Nooranad in Alappuzha, has been booked under IPC Section 307 (Attempt to murder) of Indian Penal Code and the Explosive Substance Act.

The investigation is headed by Nedumangad Deputy Superintendent of Police D Asokan.

After the incident on January 3, the police identified the culprit through the CCTV footage, in which Praveen was allegedly seen hurling multiple bombs towards a group of policemen at the station. This took place during a statewide hartal called by Sabarimala Karma Samithi, to protest against the entry of two women in their forties, Bindu and Kanakadurga, following their visit to the Sabarimala temple on January 2.

After Praveen went into hiding, the police picked up his brother Vishnu, who, officials said, had helped the accused. With no leads, the police then issued a lookout notice against him and raided the houses of some RSS members who were in communication with Praveen.

In fact, on January 9, based on a tipoff that Praveen would come to the RSS office in Nedumangad, the police raided the office and seized swords, knives, daggers, wooden rods, a sack of granites and even a chemical used in country bombs.

“Praveen will now be produced before the court of law and we will continue the investigation,” the CI added.