The trial has begun in the case relating to the alleged possession of explosive substances illegally by three Sri Lankan Tamils in India to supply to the outlawed LTTE at the Indian District and Sessions Court.
The Inspector General of Police of India K. Vanniaperumal, who was the Tiruchi Commissioner of Police in 2010 when the Sri Lankan Tamils were arrested with the explosive substances, deposed before the court for over an hour on Tuesday.
The ‘Q’ Branch CID police had arrested the trio - Sathish, Ramesh and Selvaraj – near K. K. Nagar in June, 2010, and seized over 4,500 electric and ordinary detonators from their possession.
They had illegally possessed the substances for supplying them to the LTTE via Rameswaram, according to the investigating agency sources, stated The Hindu.
A case was registered against them by the ‘Q’ Branch CID, Tiruchi unit, under IPC section 120 (b) (conspiracy) read with Sections 10 (b) (ii), 13 (1) (2) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, and Section 5 of the Explosives Substances Act, 1908.
The three accused, who were residing outside the refugee camp, were subsequently released on bail and the prime accused, Sathish, is said to be absconding since then.
The charge-sheet was filed in November, 2012, and the trial commenced at the District and Sessions Court with the examination of five prosecution witnesses on Monday.
IG Vanniaperumal, who was the Commissioner of Police of Tiruchi city at the time of the arrest and seizure of explosive substances, had accorded sanction to prosecution in the case booked under the Explosives Act.
The two accused – Ramesh and Selvaraj- appeared before the court on Tuesday when five more prosecution witnesses were examined. There are in all 24 prosecution witnesses in the case, including the investigating officer.