The raids, which went on for 4 to 10 hours on Wednesday, were conducted at Otteri, Mahakavi Bharathi Nagar and Pallavaram in Chennai and at Ukkadam, Kunniyamuthur and NH Road in Coimbatore and in Tindivanam. The NIA team of the Kerala police recently arrested a 7-member gang under for conspiring to kill Hindu Makkal Katchi founder-president Arjun Sampath and Sakthi Sena leader Anbu Mani. From the gang, the NIA team learned about supporters holed up in various parts of Tamil Nadu who were to assist them in their operation. The NIA team obtained a search warrant from the NIA special court in Poonamallee and continued surprise checks.
In Coimbatore, houses of I Jaffer Shaddique Ali in Pudu Nagar, Ashique at Variety Hall Road and Faizal at GM Nagar were searched. At Faizal’s house, unaccounted cash amounting to Rs 2.16 lakh was seized along with Islamic literature and letters written in the letter pad of a Muslim outfit.