New Delhi, 3rd November, 2023: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has made its 15th arrest in the ISIS-inspired Car bomb blast case in Coimbatore, in which the accused, Jamesha Mubeen (A-1), a suicide bomber, was killed when his Vehicle Borne IED exploded.
This case was initially registered by the Ukkadam Police Station in Coimbatore City and subsequently handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which officially re-registered it as RC-01/2022/NIA/CHE on 27th October 2022.
The arrested suspect has been identified as Tahanaseer, a resident of Coimbatore. He conspired with other accused persons Jamesha Mubeen and Mohammed Thoufeek to commit the terror attack, which took place in front of the ancient Arulmigu Kottai Sangameshwarar Thirukovil temple at Eswaran Kovil Street, Ukkadam in Coimbatore on 23.10.2022.
The vehicle carrying the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was being driven by the deceased accused, Jamesha Mubeen, with whom both Tahanaseer and Mohammed Thoufeeq were closely associated.
Investigations revealed that Tahanaseer and Thoufeeq had visited the residence of Jamesha Mubeen, exactly one week prior to the attack, during which they conspired to carry out the act of terror. Scrutiny of Tahanaseer’s digital device also revealed that he was in possession of ISIS inspired literature and had deliberately attempted to cover his tracks by deleting the incriminating material, by employing specific mobile-based application software and apps following the terror incident, in an apparent bid to evade the attention of law enforcement agencies.
Investigations uncovered that the deceased accused, Jamesha, was deeply inspired and motivated by the radical ISIS ideology.
Jamesha, prior to carrying out the terror attack, had sworn allegiance by giving “bayath” to Abu-Al-Hasan Al-Hashimi Al-Qurashi, the self-proclaimed Caliphate of ISIS at the time.
NIA had previously filed two separate Chargesheets in the instant case on 20th April and 2nd June, 2023, before the NIA Court at Poonamallee, Chennai, against 11 suspects.
Investigations in the case remains open.