Days after detaining the accused who reportedly shot dead and killed a Tamil Nadu police on duty, the state police department has booked them under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) on Friday that would lead to the probe of the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
On January 8, Special Sub Inspector of Tamil Nadu police Wilson was shot dead by Abdul Shameem and Thoufiq while he was camped on duty at the Kaliyakkavilai checkpoint in Kanyakumari district and Wilson was rushed to the nearby hospital with severe injuries where he was declared dead. Amid the uncertainty, the police departments of Tamil Nadu and Kerala had installed probe teams to locate the suspects at large whom the cops have identified using CCTV footage at the spot.
Later days, the police had detained the suspected people close to the accused and on Tuesday, accused Adbul Shameem and Thoufiq were arrested in Udupi railway station in Karnataka while they were en route to North India.
The police had earlier booked an FIR against the assailants under section 302 (Murder) of the IPC and the Arms Act and reports say the accused were produced before a court on Thursday night following which the court directed the police to take them under judicial custody. They have been currently lodged in the Palayamkottai prison in the Tirunelveli district.
After suspecting the possible terror plots, the Tamil Nadu police had booked the accused under UAPA on Friday. It has been reported that the recent amendments enacted to UAPA carry the provisions to declare the individuals as terrorists and to seize their properties and the UAPA provisions enhance the authority to the police to keep the suspects under captivity without awarding bail for ninety days, that can be taken up to 180 days. Earlier, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami had awarded a solatium of Rs 1 crore to Wilson's family along with a government job for one of the family members.
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