Puducherry: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed a charge sheet against 13 people in the case of killing of a political functionary in Puducherry.
Senthil Kumaran, a political functionary in Puducherry’s Villianur was brutally killed by six motorcycle-borne assailants on March 26. The accused hurled country-made bombs at the political activist in front of a bakery in the Villianur area of the Union territory and then attacked him with machetes, killing him on the spot.
The local police had initially registered a case, which was handed over to the NIA and re-registered by the central agency on April 29. The key conspirator in the case, Nithiyanantham, was later arrested along with his associates identified as Vignesh, Siva Sankar, Raja, Pradap, Karthikeyan, Vengatesh, Rajamani, Ezhumalai, Kathirvel, Ramachandiran, Lakshmanan, Dhilipan and Ramanathan.
The official said the investigation in the case revealed that the conspiracy to attack Kumaran was allegedly masterminded by Nithiyanantham with the aim to strike terror among the local people in Villianur and surrounding areas. The NIA had also found that Nithiyanantham had called for anti-national activities and formed a terrorist group to manufacture explosives.