Incident Summary:

03/21/2018: Assailants threw petrol bombs at the residence of C.R. Nandakumar in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. Nandakumar, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) district president, was not harmed in the incident. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources suspected the involvement of Dravidar Kazhagam in the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

Tamil Nadu


Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Ramalakshmi Nagar area of the city

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Violent Political Party
Name of Entity Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
Specific Description House of District President: C.R. Nandakumar
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Incendiary Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Weapon Details
Gasoline and petrol bombs were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Dravidar Kazhagam (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Coimbatore: BJP district president’s car set on fire, 5 suspects held," Deccan Chronicle, March 22, 2018.
"Petrol bomb hurled at BJP leader's house in Coimbatore," The Hindu, March 21, 2018.
"BJP leader's house targeted as miscreants hurl petrol bomb [Video]," International Business Times India, March 21, 2018.