NIA files chargesheet against 13 accused in Pondy bomb blast, assassination case

Chennai, (UNI) he National Investigation Agency (NIA) has chargesheeted 13 people in the Villianur (Puducherry) bomb blast case involving the assassination of a BJP functionary in a brutal attack.

Six motorcycle-borne assailants had on March 26 hurled country made bombs at Senthil Kumaran in front of a bakery located at Villianur in the Puducherry union territory.

The accused then attacked the victim with machetes, killing him on the spot.

The local police had initially registered a case, which was handed over to NIA and re-registered on April 29.

The key conspirator in the case, Nithyanandam, was later arrested, along with his associates, identified as Vignesh, Siva Sankar, Raja, Pradap, Karthikeyan, Vengatesh, Rajamani, Ezhumalai, Kathirvel, Ramachandiran, Lakshmanan, Dhilipan and Ramanathan.

All of them, except Ramanathan, have been chargesheeted last evening by the NIA under various sections of IPC, Arms Act, Explosive Substances Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

As per the NIA investigations in the case, the conspiracy to attack Senthil Kumaran was masterminded by Nithiyanantham with the aim to strike terror among the local people in Villianur and surrounding areas.

In furtherance of the conspiracy, Nithiyanantham had formed a terrorist gang to fabricate country-made explosives and had also organised the machetes to commit the brutal attack.

As part of the conspiracy, Nithiyanantham had sent Kathirvel to conduct surveillance on Senthil Kumaran in Villianur. After Senthil’s presence in the area was confirmed, the main accused sent the six assailants, Vignesh, Siva Sankar, Raja, Pradeep, Karthikeyan and Vengatesh, on three motorcycles to carry out the assassination.

After the fatal attack, the accused had hidden the vehicles and blood stained machetes used in the assassination, along with their blood stained clothes.

Recovery of these items was made during investigations, on the basis of their disclosures, a NIA release said.

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