An investigation into the blast that took place on Malappuram Collectorate premises has found that 'Base Movement', the terrorist outfit which is believed to have carried out the blast, had plotted to attack Prime Minister and Union Ministers. The pen drive recovered from the explosion site contained images of Prime Minister and Union Ministers with death threat written below the photos. 


On examination, pictures of important places were also found and it is suspected to be an indication that the outfit might have plotted attacks in these place. "The pen drive contained a power point presentation with images of prominent personalities and venues. A death threat was written, below the photos, in English. The device also included details of past operations, and it is suspected that the images might be an indication that the group would strike again," Thrissur range Inspector General M R Ajith Kumar said. 


A  joint investigation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Special Investigation Team (SIT), have found that recent blast is similar to the ones that took place in Kollam Collectorate on 15 June, Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh on 7 April and Mysuru on 1 August.


Considering the nature of the blast, police suspect that it was meant to warn the public. "It is suspected that the same group was behind previous explosions and that they would strike again. The team was careful to plot explosion in public places which do not come under close security surveillance," IG said. 


Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said a comprehensive investigation would be conducted and the blast aimed to harm the peaceful atmosphere in the state. 


A low-intensity blast took place on the premises of Malappuram Collectorate on Tuesday. The investigation has found that a homemade bomb containing a low-grade mix of explosives in powder form was used to carry out the blast. 


The police recovered a cardboard box titled 'The Base Movement' from the explosion site. The letter found in the box claimed that the bombing was in revenge for the murder of Muhammed Akhlaq, who was killed by a mob for allegedly storing beef. 


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