Kovai murder: NIA raids four places

By NT Bureau Published on Mar 18, 2018 02:11 PM IST

Chennai/ Coimbatore: Sleuths of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) raided four locations in Coimbatore belonging to those arrested in connection with the murder of Hindu Munnani spokesperson C Sasikumar, early this morning. Four cellphones and documents were seized during the raids, say reports.

Hindu Munnani functionary Sasikumar (38) was hacked to death by an unidentified gang close to midnight on 22 September, 2016. It resulted in tension in the city and eight special team of police were formed to nab the murderers. Since no breakthrough was made in the case it was transferred to CBCID.

A special investigation team of CB-CID swung into action and conducted detailed enquiries. They managed to arrest Saddam Hussain (27) , residing at Sai Baba Colony in Coimbatore and Subhair (33), who lives in Ukkadam.

The arrested were grilled by the police. Acting on their tip-off, the special team arrested Mubarrak (37), who was the brain behind the gruesome murder.

They confessed to police that the murder was planned to take revenge on Sasikumar for a death in their locality a few months ago.

Though Mubbarak and Saddam went hiding after Sasikumar's death, they were arrested by police after several months. They were hidinig at different locations in Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka. Enquiries were conducted by CB-CID personnel to find out who gave place for them to hide in different States. They are also ascertaining the exact reason for the murder and whether more were involved in the murder.

Last February, the details of the investigations were handed over to NIA by CB-CID.

The agency immediately sent summons to Saddam Hussain and others, who obtained conditional bail, to appear before it. Though NIA filed a petition before the special court for NIA cases in Poonamalle seeking their custody, the court dismissed the petition.

Meanwhile, the Madras High Court on Friday adjourned the hearing on a petition submitted by the defence counsel seeking to quash the notification issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs to take over the murder case from the crime branch-CID (Special Investigation Division) to 6 April.

It may be recalled that the Ministry of Home Affairs had issued a notification on 22 January to NIA to take over the case from CB-CID and the NIA registered a third FIR against the arrested on 29 January.

Sources say that four cellphones seized today will be examined and a detailed enquiry is expected to give some clues in the murder case.