2006 Kozhikode blasts accused arrested from Delhi airport by NIA

NIA  arrested a 33-year-old man from the Delhi airport who was accused in the 2006 Kozhikode twin blasts cases, after he landed from Saudi Arabia, the agency said.

According to NIA, accused name is Mohammed Ashar, a resident of Thalassery in Kannur district of Kerala, had been absconding and was charge sheeted by the National Investigation Agency in 2010. He was arrested on Thursday from the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, it said.

“The cases pertain to the twin improvised explosive device blasts that occurred at the KSRTC and mofussil bus stands in Kozhikode (Calicut) city on March 3, 2006, causing injuries to two persons besides damage to property,” an NIA spokesperson said.

He added that NIA had taken over the investigation of the cases in December 2009 from the state police and had filed a charge sheet against eight accused, including Ashar, in 2010 under sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, IPC and Explosive Substances Act.


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