The Madurai Police is collecting details of cases involving seizure of bombs in the district and neighbouring Ramanathapuram, to help their Vellore counterparts probing the murder of Hindu Munnani State Secretary Vellaiyappan.
On Monday, the Vellore Police recovered four unexploded pipe bombs (Improvised Explosives Devices) from the spot where Vellaiyappan was murdered.
Similar explosives were recovered by the Ramanathapuram and Madurai police from the murder spot of BJP councillor K Murugan at Paramakudi in March this year and on the convoy route of BJP senior leader Advani in 2010 at Tirumangalam in Madurai.
Apart from these, the police also found five time bombs hidden in the Tiruparankundram hillock in Madurai district.
The Tirumangalam and Tirupparankundram cases are being investigated by the Special Investigation Team and Madurai District Police. All the accused in these two cases are members of banned outfits. The police are on the lookout for the main accused Fakrudeen, Bilal Malik and Mohamed Hanifa.
“Since the Vellore police feel that there are similarities in the incidents reported in Southern districts and in the HM leader’s murder, we are helping them. However, we suspect that the bombs were planted there to mislead investigators,” a police official told Express.