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The pain of Coimbatore blast victims: Will DMK-ADMK and the Dravidianist Media stop humanizing terrorists?

“The pain of Coimbatore blast victims: Will DMK-ADMK and the Dravidianist Media stop humanizing terrorists?”, The Commune Mag, October 12, 2023:

“At a time when the Supreme Court has rejected the bail plea petition for the convicts of the 1998 Coimbatore serial blasts, political parties in Tamil Nadu, particularly the AIADMK and the ruling DMK, are considering the release of these convicts due to their “substantial time” served in prison.

This devastating series of 12 bomb attacks unfolded across 11 different locations within a 12-kilometer radius. The chief orchestrator behind these tragic events was identified as S. A. Basha, the founder of Al Ummah, an Islamic fundamentalist group. Investigations revealed that these bombings were part of a larger conspiracy with the sinister aim of targeting L.K. Advani, the leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, during his election meeting scheduled for 4 p.m. on that ill-fated day. Fortunately, Advani’s flight was delayed, and he narrowly escaped the horrors of that day. 

14 February, a date associated with celebrating love on Valentine’s Day, became a sombre day in Coimbatore’s history. It was a black day for the city, stemming from events that began on 27 November 1997, when a policeman named Selvaraj was killed by unidentified individuals. This tragedy culminated in the Coimbatore blasts on 14 February 1998, with 18 explosions occurring in just four days. The aftermath was heart-wrenching, resulting in the loss of 58 lives and leaving 252 individuals with serious injuries for life. The economic toll was significant, with losses amounting to several crores….

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