PDP leader Madani
arrested, taken to Bangalore
Ending the eight-day long suspense, PDP leader Abdul Nasser Madani
was today arrested amid high drama from his camp here by the Karnataka
Police in connection with the 2008 Bangalore blast case
Kerala police today denied any "deliberate delay" in the arrest of
PDP leader, Abdul Nasser Madani, an accused in the 2008 Bangalore
"There was no deliberate delay in the
arrest of Madani", DGP Jacob Punnose told reporters on the sidelines
of a function here.
"The Karnataka DGP had requested me personally that he wants the
warrant to be executed by August 16 or Aug 17. It was done
accordingly. We had only started the process sufficiently early so
that it could be done without bloodshed'', he said.
After an eight-day long suspense,
Madani was arrested on August 17 as he emerged from the
orphanage-cum-madrassa complex at Anwarassery in Kollam to surrender
before a local court.
He was arrested by a Karnataka police team amid high drama hours
before the non-bailable arrest warrant issued by a Bangalore court
was to expire.
On the progress in the case relating
to the attack on college Lecturer T J Joseph, he said the police had
identified the accused.
"There would be more arrests. This is not a normal case. There has
been a conspiracy and the accused were aware of the eventuality of
the crime," he said.
Joseph was attacked on July 4,
allegedly by activists belonging to the Popular Front of India, and
his right hand chopped off for preparing a question paper which
reportedly contained "derogatory" references to Prophet Muhammed.