As the popularity of PM Modi is sky rocketing, conspiracies against him is also speeding up. In what is said to be a shocker, the Coimbatore Police on Monday (April 23th) arrested a 1998 serial blast convict after a recorded telephonic conversation went viral on social media in which he is purportedly heard saying he is planning to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The conspirator is Mohammed Rafiq and has been remanded to 15 days judicial custody.
In the conversation the man claims that “I have many cases against me and have damaged more than 100 vehicles”. The eight-minute long conversation was between a man, who has completed a jail term in the blast case and lives in Kuniyamuthur in the city, and a transport contractor.
The police has said that the city police formed special teams to investigate the recorded conversation and verify the genuineness of the persons in it.
Who is this man who was involved in the 1998 Coimbatore bombings that killed 58 lives?
In the 1998 Coimbatore bombings that occurred on Saturday, 14 February 1998, in the city of Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, a total of 58 people were killed and over 200 injured in the 12 bomb attacks in 11 places, all within a 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) radius. The suicide bombers were ready to target L.K. Advani, the leader of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), during his election meeting at 4 pm. The man who was arrested today had a part in carrying out this bomb blast and was sentenced for eight years.
The trial of the case began on 7 March 2002 and S. A. Basha, the mastermind of the blasts was found guilty of hatching a criminal conspiracy to trigger a series of explosions there on 14 February 1998 and to create enmity between the two communities.
What the police said after the arrest of Mohammed Rafiq?
“The conversation was mainly related to finances about vehicles. But suddenly the blast convict was heard saying ‘we have decided to eliminate (Prime Minister) Modi, as we were the ones who had planted bombs when (former deputy prime minister L K) Advani visited the city in 1998”, said the police.
This is not the first time that the conspiracy has been set-up to assassinate PM Modi. On June 17th 2017, during PM Modi’s Kerala visit, the intelligence and Kerala Police confirmed that there was a team which was planning to assassinate PM Modi.
There was a protest in Puthuvype, a coastal region on the outskirts of the port city. Here there was a protest against a cooking gas plant being built. But the Kerala DGP TP Senkumar revealed that the protests were funded by the extremist’s outfits. Report even claimed that few terrorists had joined the protest.
DGP also said that the Kerala police were tracking the terror module. So the security was tightened as there was PM Modi’s visit. The protestors were blocking the road and were increasing in number. So the police removed the protestors forcefully off the road.
DGP Senkumar said that the protesters, all of a sudden tried to create tension on the route on the Prime Minister’s motorcade was to take. He also said that this happened when the Special Protection Group (SPG) and other security agencies were conducting a trial run through the route.
When some blamed Kochi’s city deputy commissioner of police Yatish Chandra for lathi-charge against the protesters in Puthuvype on Sunday, DGP Senkumar denied it and asked whether there are any visuals to justify the allegations.