Indian investigators raid locations in Tamil Nadu over Sri Lanka attacks

India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) has raided seven locations in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore over a suspected link between an Islamic State (IS) module in Coimbatore and the Sri Lanka Easter attacks, which killed over 250 people, News 18 reported.

A two-member NIA team headed by an Inspector General had left for Colombo last month to coordinate with the Sri Lankan authorities in the investigation into the attacks.

“We have our own FIR against ISIS modules. The visit is not to assist Sri Lanka with their probe but to see if an exchange of information and evidence gathered by us and them can be mutually beneficial,” a top NIA official had then said.

Sources had said while the NIA team will see if Sri Lankan agencies have any information to help NIA in its investigation, it will also share with them the evidence found in the ISIS Kerala and Coimbatore Module cases. Twenty one people from Kerala, including women and children, had moved to Afghanistan to join the ISIS. Probe revealed that members of this group, led by one Ashfaq Majeed, had gone to Sri Lanka’s Jaffna before they sneaked into Afghanistan.

In the Coimbatore case, the NIA stumbled upon crucial evidence to show that prime accused of the Sri Lankan bombing case Zahran Hashim had plans of targeting churches in Lanka. The NIA chargesheeted Mohamed Ashiq A, Ismail S, Samsudeen, Mohammed Salauddin S, Jafar Shadik Ali and Shahul Hameed in the Coimbatore case of 2018. Based on the interrogation of these suspects, India had warned Sri Lanka of possible terror attacks during Easter.

Riyas A alias Riyas Aboobacker, a resident of Kerala, was arrested by the NIA. The investigation revealed links with Zahran Hashim and plans to carry out a Lanka style suicide attacks in Kerala.

Top officials said that the visit by the NIA team to Sri Lanka will be beneficial since the ISIS modules are now working across borders. Further, the Kerala coast has been put on high alert after intelligence bureau reports warned that a team of 15 ISIS terrorists could be taking the sea route from Sri Lanka to target Indian coastlines in Kerala or Lakshadweep.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited Sri Lanka on Sunday and pledged solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka as he made an unscheduled visit to the St Anthony’s church, one of the sites of the horrific Easter Sunday attacks, and paid tributes to the victims.

“I am confident Sri Lanka will rise again. Cowardly acts of terror cannot defeat the spirit of Sri Lanka. India stands in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka,” said Modi, the first foreign leader to visit Sri Lanka after the Easter attacks on April 21.

Nine suicide bombers, including a woman, carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through St Anthony’s Church in Colombo, St Sebastian’s Church in the western coastal town of Negombo and another church in the eastern town of Batticaloa, and three high-end hotels frequented by tourists in the country’s deadliest violence since the devastating civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ended in 2009.

3 COMMENTS

  1. India and other countries become successful in creating blood baths in Sri Lanka, because people of Sri Lanka continue to choose foolish leaders. Every time you vote, you are choosing an abundance life or death. You just can’t simply vote for someone
    because he mentioned a feel good words ‘Good Governance’. You can’t expect to have abundance life when having foolish leaders. If a foreign country is recommending you a leader, you must avoid that candidate at any cost, because he will be used by the foreign power/s. I remember a statement by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa just before the election in 2015 ‘A known devil is better than unknown angel.’ He knew what was coming, I take my hat off for MR.

  2. Why do I believe that India is behind the bombings?

    Whether you mention the LTTE, Bin Laden or ISIS, a powerful country is behind the outfit. According to my research and analysis only the RAW or CIA can organise a systematic attack as the Easter Sunday bombings. I ruled out CIA, because the Westerners and Churches have been attacked. The CIA is wise enough to create rifts amond the people who live in the developing countries to create a disaster, because the people in the developing countries are not knowledgeable. It is very easy to divide and conquer the people in the developing countries, and the West does not have to kill its own people or destroy its own religious places. For an example the LTTE was funded by diaspora to create a disaster in Sri Lanka. In this strategy the Westerners or churches were not targeted. Likewise, if you see the fightings in Iraq or Libya, it is a civil war and the Westerners or churches were not targeted.

    Therefore, I believe that the RAW which is the part of the Hindu extremists (RSS) is responsible for the bombings. I have also read that most of the RAW members are RSS members as well. Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, abbreviated as RSS, is an Indian right-wing, Hindu (extremists) nationalist paramilitary volunteer organisation that is widely regarded as the parent organisation of the ruling party of India, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

    The RSS sees the Christians in South Asia as betrayers who converted to Christianity for their own benefits at the expense of the Hinduism and South Asian culture. The RSS is dangerous organisation and it would go extreme levels to impose its beliefs as ISIS, but not brutal as cutting heads. RSS won’t regret to see Westerners and Sri Lankan Christians dying to stop Sri Lanka leaning towards China.

  3. This is a drama of NIA. Seems like the RAW has better actors than Bollywood. Surely, Sri Lankans will buy this, because I never come across utter fools outside of Sri Lanka.

    India is not looking for South Asian intellectuals, but fools who can buy Indian dramas. This foolishness will comeback and haunt Indians in due time and I cannot wait to see that.

    Whether it is a bloody civil war or Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka it is an insult to Indians in their region, but Indians are not wise enough to see as an insult. However, Indians see the Asia’s longest brutal civil war and Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka as the greatest strategy of all times since the independence. This particular attitude will eat Indians bit by bit.

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