The prime suspect in the incident in which 17,000 kg of ammonium nitrate was seized from Vazhikadavu in Malappuram district in Kerala in July has links with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), according to the police.
The suspect, Ismail, for whom the explosive was brought, had served six months jail term in Tamil Nadu in a case related to the supply of explosives to the LTTE, the New Indian Express reported.
Ismail, a native of Vazhayoor in Malappuram district, was the sixth accused in the case with crime number 657/2006 registered in Madurai.
He was sentenced under the National Securities Act. The Kerala police got this information when he was arrested from Thenhipalam in 2010 for stocking gelatin sticks and detonators. He gave testimony to the police about his involvement in the explosive supply to the LTTE, which was recorded on May 11, 2010.
ďThe police are trying hard to nab Ismail. We havenít got any clue to link the ammonium nitrate seizure with any extremist organisation, though it canít be ruled out. A conclusion can be reached only after interrogating Ismail,Ē police sources said.
The police are also investigating the financial sources of Ismail. He started the explosive business in 1974 and his wealth has multiplied in a short span of time.
The police doubt that his connection with extremist groups helped him to amass such a huge amount of money within a short period.