Three persons were arrested in Madurai in connection with the Mysuru blasts. The three persons identified as Kareem, Ayub and Abbas Ali are said to be part of the Base Movement outfit or the erstwhile al-Ummah.
The three were arrested by the National Investigation Agency. The trio will be taken to Mysuru for further investigation.
With these arrests the NIA claims it has cracked 5 different cases where explosions took place outside courts in South India.
List of blasts:
- Vehicle parking place at District Court complex, in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh on 7.04.2016
- Car park area of CJM Court Complex, Kollam, Kerala on 15.06.2016
- Court Complex, Mysore, Karnataka on 1.08.2016
- Nellore, Andhra Pradesh on 12.09.2016
- Toilet Complex of Judicial Court, Malappuram, Kerala on 1.11.2016.
Details of 3 arrested persons
Abbas Ali, 27 yrs, s/o Nainar Mohammed, resident of 11/23, 2nd floor, 4th street, Ismailpuram, Munichalai Road, Madurai. He studied up to 8th standard, and is a painter. He is also running a library in the name 'DARUL ILM' at Madurai.
Suleiman,23 yrs, s/o Saeed Mohd Abdulla of Karimsa Pallivasal, Madurai, now residing at Chennai. He works in a software firm and was the main leader of the terrorist gang.
Samsum Karim Raja, s/o V.S. Mohammed Jainullah-buddin No.17, Ramu kothanar compound, Viswanatha Nagar, K. Pudur, Madurai. He is a B.Com graduate and runs a chicken broiler shop at Kannimara Koil street in Madurai.
The Base Movement
Soon after the blast outside Mysuru, the police started studying the similarities between the other blasts. The police learnt that the blast could have been the handiwork of a group called the Base Movement.
The police had found a letter signed by the Base Movement with a photograph of Osama Bin Laden outside the court at Kollam and Chittoor. However no such letter was found outside the Mysuru court.
The Base Movement is not a new outfit. In fact it was the al-Ummah which changed its name as the heat on it was getting high.
The al-Ummah has been a radical outfit targeting Hindu leaders. It was also responsible for the blast outside the BJP office in Malleshwaram, Bengaluru.