Sleeper cells arrested, terror plan busted

Special teams of the Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Maharashtra police, guided by Central intelligence agencies, neutralised alleged sleeper cells across the country and averted a plot to unleash terror in major cities.

Quoting police sources, reports said the Tamil Nadu police have already sent a report to the Union Home Ministry in this regard. “Since provisions under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act were invoked and the terror module had spread to more than four States, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) would investigate the case,” they added.

Investigations into the murder of Special Sub-Inspector Wilson in Kanyakumari district took a crucial turn a few days ago with the arrest of alleged ISIS handler Mehboob Basha (45) by Karnataka police.

Special police teams questioned him to find out his links with the international terror outfit and other related activities. It is said he has given to the police some important information about his network and plans.

On 8 January, two men identified as Shameem and Thoufeeq shot at an unarmed Wilson while he was on a routine vehicle check at Kaliyakkavilai check post in Kanyakumari.

Subsequently, the duo from Nagercoil in Kanyakumari were arrested and produced before Kuzhithurai court. They were booked under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) Friday and are currently lodged in Palayamkottai jail. Both have been remanded in judicial custody till 20 January.

Inivestigations with the two suspects by Kanniyakumari police in the murder of Special Sub Inspector Wilson suggest that the duo had shot dead the policeman to “threaten the police and state administration” as a retaliation for the arrest of their associates.

Speaking to reporters, District Superintendent of Police Sreenath said: “The combined efforts of Tamil Nadu Q-branch, Udupi district police and Kanniyakumari police helped arrest the duo. A team of two Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSP) and 20 police personnel, headed by the SP, brought the suspects from Udupi.”