1998 Tamil Nadu blast convict held for planning to kill PM Narendra Modi


Coimbatore: A recorded telephonic conversation prompted Coimbatore police to arrested Mohammed Rafiq, a convict in the 1998 serial blast after he allegedly heard saying he is planning to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The eight-minute-long audio conversation, which 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, unearthed after it went viral on social media.

According to the police, “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’.”

The city was rocked by a series of bomb blasts in February 1998 in which 58 people were killed and property worth crores was destroyed.

Rafiq has been remanded to 15 days judicial custody.

“I have many cases against me and have damaged more than 100 vehicles,” the man can be heard telling the contractor during the conversation, the police said.

The city police formed special teams to investigate the recorded conversation and verify the genuineness of the persons in it, the police said in a press release. The man has been arrested based on the conversation, it said.

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