Terror In The Nadu
- 2018 Seven were arrested for plotting to kill Arjun Sampath of Hindu Makkal Katchi. They were also in touch with Sri Lanka’s Easter blasts mastermind Maulvi Zaharan Bin Hashim.
- June 2019 Three IS suspects were arrested by the Coimbatore police. Following up on their interrogation, two others were held by the NIA in Coimbatore.
- July 2019 NIA arrested 14 suspected IS members belonging to the coastal Nagapattinam town after they were deported from UAE
The gunning down of special sub-inspector Wilson at a checkpost in Tamil Nadu’s Kanyakumari district on January 8 sent shivers down the spine of the state police. The bullets drove home the message that the armed and uniformed personnel deployed to maintain law and order and prevent terror attacks are themselves anything but safe. The police quickly tracked down two suspects—Abdul Sameem and Taufik (see pics on the right)—and arrested them on January 16 at Udupi in Karnataka. Interrogation revealed that the two had allegedly set up Al Hind, a branch of the Islamic State (IS), in the southern states and were in the process of recruiting members to carry out terror strikes.