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This is what links the Coimbatore cylinder explosion to the 1998 series urban explosions

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The death of a 25-year-old man after a gas cylinder exploded in his car in Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu has prompted investigators to relate the event to previous events to find a link. This is what they found.

A 25-year-old man was killed on Sunday after a cylinder exploded in his car in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.

By Saikiran Kannan: As there has been speculation about the highly likely link between the cylinder blast that happened in Coimbatore on Sunday and the 2019 Easter attacks in Srilanka, a lot was happening behind the scenes. As we looked into the background of the late Coimbatore cylinder blast, Jameza Mubin, something else was going through the minds of the Tamil Nadu police.

Shortly after the early morning explosion of the cylinder-loaded Maruti 800 near Kottai Eswaran Temple in Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu on Sunday, one of the first things the researchers looked for was the series explosions in Coimbatore in 1998. Areas such as Ukkadam, where Mubin lived, have always been sensitive areas, especially after the series explosions of 1998.

While a team was raiding Mubin’s home, another raided the homes of those associated with Al-Ummah, most notably the home of Al-Ummah chief Syed Ahmed Basha’s brother, Nawab Khan. Nawab Khan is currently in jail for being part of the terror group that planned the 1998 serial blasts. About 60 people died in this blast and nearly 220 were injured.

Shockingly, the police officers also extensively questioned Nawab Khan’s son, Mohammed Thalka or Dalqa, who is now known as one of the five suspects booked under the Unlawful Activities Act (Prevention). Under the UAPA, the five of them are subject to section 120B (punishment for criminal conspiracy) and 153A (promotion of hostility between different groups) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) have also been added to the case, in which the late Jamesha Mubin has also been named as a suspect.

This has ensured that the researchers have gone through almost a full cycle. The fact that the son of one of the co-defendants in the 1998 serial blasts case could be part of a similar conspiracy 24 years later is a classic case of history repeating itself, but not exactly as planned, thanks to some inexplicable reasons. .

Furthermore, the Tamil Nadu police also found a WhatsApp status posted by Mubin hours before he died in the explosion. The status looks custom made and designed in Tamil (possibly the KhilafahGFX connection?) and reads: “If the news of my death reaches you, forgive me my mistakes. Hide my shortcomings. Join my Janasa. Pray for me.”

Investigators also found some handwritten paper documents recovered from Jamesha Mubeen’s home, listing popular spots they planned to explore or had already done. These include Racecourse, Victoria Hall, train stations and other public areas.

Of the five arrested, one of them is said to have visited Cochin prison along with Mubeen Mohammed Azharuddin (of the KhilafahGFX).


In 2003, the court sentenced Syed Ahmed Basha, the first accused and the founder president of Al-Ummah, to life imprisonment under Section 120-B (Conspiracy) of the IPC, read along with other IPC crimes, including those for murder, and three years’ imprisonment under Article 153 A (1) (promoting enmity between different groups on the basis of religion, etc.).

Nawab Khan, Basha’s brother, was given a life sentence and 27 years in prison.

Code-named “Operation Allahu Akbar”, the terror plot targeted LK Advani, the then president of the BJP, while he was to address an election rally in RS Puram, Coimbatore.

As many as seven human bombs, armed with instantaneous-type box bombs, strapped to their waists, were waiting to target Advani. Their plans failed because they couldn’t infiltrate the police cordon and get close to him. And it was fortunate that Advani’s flight was also delayed.

However, the other bombs placed all over the city, in cars, bicycles, tea cans, unattended bags etc., were activated, leading to widespread chaos and loss of life in Coimbatore.

This attack and the subsequent acts of violence that followed throughout Coimbatore were in retaliation by Basha for the municipal riots that had taken place in parts of Ukkadam earlier in 1997, which severely damaged local Muslims and their shops, resulting in losses of tens of millions euros. rupees. This Ukkadam area is now the epicenter again and the past is why the area remains communally sensitive.

Since the conviction, Basha has received multiple paroles while serving a life sentence.


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