New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted searches at 21 different locations spread across nine districts of Tamil Nadu on Sunday as part of its ongoing investigation into the murder of Ramalingam in February 2019. Ramalingam had reportedly opposed the Dawah activities of leaders associated with the Popular Front of India (PFI), who were allegedly involved in converting Hindus to Islam, according to sources.
“The NIA carried out these searches at the premises and hideouts of suspects linked to the banned PFI outfit based on intelligence inputs,” sources said.
One of the key conspirators in the case, Rahman Sadiq (41), who had been on the run, was arrested by the NIA on August 2, 2021. The case was initially registered on February 6, 2019, at Thiruvidaimaruthur Police Station in Tanjavur district of Tamil Nadu under sections 341, 294 (b), and 307 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), relating to conspiracy and murder. The NIA had revealed that Ramalingam was killed due to his opposition to the Dawah work conducted by PFI leaders aimed at converting Hindus to Islam.
Taking over the investigation on March 7, 2019, the NIA re-registered the case and subsequently filed a charge sheet against 18 accused individuals on August 2, 2019.
According to the NIA, Rahman Sadiq was responsible for overseeing the Dawah activities of PFI in Tanjavur district, Tamil Nadu. He, along with other accomplices, conspired in Thirubhuvanam on February 5, 2019, to harm Ramalingam, resulting in the severing of his hands. The conspirators had made arrangements for weapons, vehicles, and hideouts to execute their plan.