A Kerala court Friday sent Sufiya
wife of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chief Abdul Nazir
to 14 days in judicial custody in a bus burning case of 2005.
Dismissing Sufiya’s bail plea, Aluva first class judicial magistrate
agreed to her demand that she be sent to a jail in Ernakulam and not
to Muvattupuzha sub-jail.
Kerala High Court Thursday had dismissed Sufiya’s anticipatory bail
plea after which she was arrested from Kochi.
Sufiya has been named as the 10th accused in the burning of a Tamil
Nadu State Transport bus in Kalamasserry in 2005. The first accused
in the case is south India chief of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) T. Nazeer,
who is also in custody.
Arriving here amid high security, Sufiya was dressed in traditional
Muslim ‘burqa’. Police had barricaded the entire premises, but a
large crowd had gathered outside the court.
Kochi Police Commissioner Manoj Abraham told reporters that Sufiya
had being questioned and many vital leads have been elicited.
questioning is almost over and we will not seek her custody now. She
would be sent to judicial custody,” Abraham said.
leaders said in Kollam that Sufiya was wrongly framed in the case
and demanded narco-analysis tests on the investigating officers.
state-run bus was burnt after reports that Madani was ill-treated in
a Coimbatote jail. Madani was in jail for nine years from 1998-2007
as an accused in a bomb blast targeting a rally by Bharatiya Janata
Party leader L.K. Advani in Coimbatore.
was, however, exonerated in 2007.