Coimbatore Police Arrest 1998 Serial Blast Convict After “Eliminate Modi” Audio Goes Viral On Social Media

Swarajya Staff

Apr 24, 2018, 01:08 PM | Updated 01:08 PM IST

1998 serial blast convict Mohammed Rafiq.
1998 serial blast convict Mohammed Rafiq.

Mohammed Rafiq, a 1998 serial blast convict, has been re-arrested by the Coimbatore Police after a recorded telephonic conversation in which he is allegedly heard planning to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi went viral, NDTV has reported.

According to the Press Trust of India, the recorded conversation, eight minutes long, was between Mohammed Rafiq and a transport contractor named Prakash.

Rafiq, who was involved in the serial blasts which rocked the city in February 1998, has completed a jail term. At least 58 people were killed in the attack.

"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 (LK) Advani visited the city in 1998," the Police have been quoted as saying.

"I have many cases against me and have damaged more than 100 vehicles," the man can be heard telling the contractor, the police says.

The Police have formed special teams to investigate the recorded conversation and verify its genuineness, the police said in a press release.

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