Terror links: NIA conducts raids at multiple places in Tamil Nadu

Officials of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), probing the murder of Special Sub-Inspector of Police Y Wilson at Kaliyakkavilai check-post on January 8 and other cases, conducted simultaneous searches across the State on the premises of suspects on Monday.

Special Sub-Inspector Wilson was shot dead at Kaliyakavilai check post on January 8, near Kanyakumari, allegedly by those with terror links.

The NIA took over the case from Kanyakumari police a week before. According to sources, a four-member NIA team searched the house of Mohideen Fatima in Kayalpattinam near Thiruchendur in south Tamil Nadu.

The searches were conducted at Fatima’s house following a tip-off that the murder case accused Abdul Shameem and Thoufiq had stayed in her house for a few hours before shooting down Wilson at the Kaliyakaavilai check post.

Raids were also conducted at the houses of Abdul Hameed, Jaffer Ali and Khaja Mohideen, who have links with Wilson’s killers. While the raids were conducted in Kayalpattinam near Tiruchendur in Thoothukudi district, Cuddalore, Neyveli and Melpattampakkam in Tamil Nadu, in Karnataka the sleuths raided at various places in about 15 locations including Bengaluru and Kolar.

Wilson was shot with a pistol and stabbed when he was on duty at Kaliyakavilai checkpoint in Kanyakumari on the border with Kerala on the night of 8 January.

Shamim and Thoufiq were picked up from Udupi Railway station in Karnataka on 14 January and have been lodged in the Palayamkottai central prison in Tirunelveli district.