NIA takes twin blast accused to Kozhikode, Kannur

NIA takes twin blast accused to Kozhikode, Kannur
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Kozhikode: Two accused in the 2006 twin blasts case in bus stands in the city were brought here and taken to their native places in Kannur by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) officials on Wednesday to gather evidence, top officials said.

The accused are Mohammed Ashar, hailing from Cheruparambath Urakkalliyil at Thalassery and KP Yousuf, whose native place is Koyyam at Taliparamba in Kannur.

The probe officials were on Tuesday granted four-day custody of the accused by the NIA court in Kochi.

The duo were charged with criminal conspiracy to carry out the improvised explosive device (IED) blasts in two bus stands in Kozhikode city.

It was on March 3, 2006, that the twin blasts at KSRTC bus station and mofusil bus station rocked the city in a gap of 20 minutes.

Two people were injured and extensive damage to shops and buildings were also reported.

The investigation was taken over by the NIA from local police in 2009.

A case was registered with Thadayantavida Naseer as the prime accused in twin blasts case.

Ashar, the second accused, and Yousuf, the eighth accused, were absconding.

Ashar was arrested in New Delhi on January 25 when he was travelling from Saudi Arabia.

Yousuf was nabbed on February 1 from New Delhi. He was also travelling from Saudi Arabia.

NIA sources said only after completing the investigation can a conclusion be reached on whether more people were involved in the case.

Officials are verifying how these accused collected explosives used for the blast. The blasts were suspected to be in retaliation for denying bail to the 24 accused in the second Marad riots of 2003, in which nine people were killed in the coastal village.  

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