Facing arrest in 2008 Bangalore blasts case, PDP leader Abdul Nasser
Madani said he would surrender before a nearest court in one of the
coming days, the date for which would be announced on Monday.
Addressing a press meet at his camp at Nnwarassery near here amid
intense speculations and suspense, Madani said he preferred surrendering
before a nearest court as he was keen to avoid law and order
problems his arrest could trigger.
He also said his health condition was poor and the arrest in such a
state could cause severe difficulties for him. At the same time, he
said, if the police wanted they could come and arrest him.
Appearing before the media for the first time after ban orders were
imposed in and around his camp, Madani, swearing by faith, reiterated
that he had no role whatsoever in the Bangalore blasts case in which
he was falsely implicated by the Karnataka police.
"I did not speak either directly or over telephone with anybody
(allegedly involved in the case) including T Nazeer (a key accused
in the case now under custody)."
He said he was listed as an accuse under the charged that he he
visited Coorg in Karnataka, a place he had never seen in his life, as
part of the conspiracy behind the blasts case.
The PDP leader also denied that arms had been piled in the complex
where he had been camping and said anybody could examine every nook
and cranny of the orphanage complex Adding to the drama and suspense,
there was a flutter while the press meet was progressing with some
of his followers alleging that a bag had been thrown into the
compound. Madani said this could be part of the conspiracy against
him and wanted the authorities and mediapersons to examine the bag
to ascertain if it contained any arms or explosive material.
Earlier in the day, local Thehsildar put up a notice in front of the
complex asking the management of the orphanage to evacuate all those
inside other than the regular inmates and remove stored weapons, if
Prohibitory orders have been in force in Mainagappally and
Sasthamcotta panchayats since yesterday, warning against grouping of
five or more people.
A heavy contingent of police, including personnel of Special Armed
Battalion, had been deployed in the area to meet the situation
arising out of Madani's arrest.
A team of Karnataka police had been camping in the district for the
last six days to arrest Madani after his anticipatory bail plea was
rejected last week by Karnataka High Court.