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Finger of Suspicion Points to TNLA

Two pipe-bombs, one near a supermarket in Madurai and another outside the residence of Union Minister were found and defused before they could explode.

Published: 16th February 2014 07:57 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th February 2014 07:57 AM   |  A+A-

Two pipe-bombs, one near a supermarket in Madurai and another outside the residence of Union Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office V Narayanasamy at Puducherry — both defused before they could explode — have given rise to suspicion about the regrouping of the Tamil Nadu Liberation Army (TNLA) in the State.

The bomb found in Madurai was sent for forensic tests by the State Police, who received reports suggesting that it was similar to the one that was planted outside Narayanasamy’s residence in Puducherry.

However, an analysis of pamphlets, suspected to have been left behind by alleged Naxal cadre to divert the attention of the probe agencies, near the Madurai supermarket, has found accusations against the Central government for bringing Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-retail sector and uses the term ‘Indian Imperialism’, which was commonly used by Naxalites in the Andhra-Odisha-border and elsewhere. The pamphlets also identified the alleged members in the same vein as rebels in the North East and Jammu and Kashmir.

“It is quite unusual for the TNLA to leave such a lengthy document in the form of a pamphlet. It looks like a media release,” said a senior police officer.

An officer who had handled Rajaram, the leader of TNLA, and was part of the investigation team before Rajaram was shot dead in a police encounter here said the TNLA would leave only a hand-written paper and not several copies. “The text will be concise and the diction will be different unlike this lengthy letter,” the officer said. However, the officer did not rule out the possibility of regrouping of the movement. The TNLA was founded by Tamilarasan in the 1980s.

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