Chennai: NIA has filed a charge-sheet under Sections 120B, 341, 294(b), 302, 212 and 153A(1)(b) of IPC and sec. 16(1)(a), 18, 18-B, 19 and 20 of the UA (P) Act, against 18 accused persons in the Ramalingam Murder case before the Special NIA Court here today, 2 August 2019.
The accused in the Ramalingam case (RC-06/2019/NIA/DLI) are Mohamed Asarudeen (A-1), aged 26, Mohamed Riyas (A-2), aged 27, Nijam Ali (A-3), aged 33, Sarbudeen (A-4), aged 61, Mohamed Rizwan (A-5), aged 23, Mohamed Thoufik (A-6), aged 25, Mohamed Farvees (A7), aged 26, Thowheeth Batcha (A-8), aged 26, Mohammed Ibrahim (A-9), aged 50, all residents of Thanjavur district; Mohamed Hasan Kuthous (A-10), aged 32, resident of Karaikal, Puducherry; Rahman Sadiq (A-11), aged 39, Mohammad Ali Jinna (A-12), aged 34, Abdul Majith (A-13), aged 37, Bhurkhanudeen (A-14), aged 28, Shahul Hameed (A-15), aged 27, Nafeel Hasan (A-16), aged 28, Mohamed Faruk (A-17), aged 47, Myden Ahamed Shali (A-18), aged 50, all residents of Thanjavur district.
The case pertains to the lethal attack and killing of Ramalingam, native of Kumbakonam in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu on 5 February, 2019 morining by the accused persons who are all activists/leaders of PFI/SDPI. Ramalingam was killed brutally “for interfering in their religious propagation activity at Pakku Vinayagam Thopu village in Thiruvidaimarudur.
This case was originally registered as FIR No. 17/2019 at Thiruvidaimaruthur Police Station, Thanjavur district on 6 February 2019. Investigation was taken over by NIA from Tamil Nadu Police on 25 April 2019.
Investigation has revealed that after Ramalingam had an altercation with the dawah team of PFI on the morning of 5 February, 2019 at Pakku Vinayagam Thopu village, the accused had hatched a criminal conspiracy and they fatally attacked Ramalingam with the intention of terrorising people and deterring anyone from further interfering in the religious propagation activity of the PFI/SDPI [Popular Front of India (PFI) and its political outfit Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI)] .
The killing of Ramalingam, had caused communal disharmony and created terror in the minds of a section of people. Accused A-8 besides A-13 to A-15 had lethally attacked Ramalingam and caused his death while A-6 and A-7 had facilitated the same through reconnaissance over the victim’s movements. Accused A-9 had provided the vehicle, while A-10 had harboured the assailants and reconnaissance team, after the incident. A-1 to A-5, besides A-17 and A-18, were also parties to the criminal conspiracy to commit the terrorist act, while A-11, A-12 and A-16, all PFI leaders, had planned, coordinated and supervised the execution of the heinous crime.
The accused persons – A-1 to A-10, besides A-17 and A-18, have been arrested and are in judicial custody. A-11 to A-16 are absconding.