Bus burning case: NIA charge sheet lists Nazeer, Madani's wife
The NIA on Friday listed alleged LeT operative T Nazeer and PDP leader Abdul Nasser Madani's wife among the accused in its charge sheet in the 2005 Tamil Nadu bus burning case and said that the incident was revenge against Madani's continued detention in the Coimbatore blast case.india Updated: Dec 17, 2010 20:08 IST
The NIA on Friday listed alleged LeT operative T Nazeer and PDP leader Abdul Nasser Madani's wife among the accused in its charge sheet in the 2005 Tamil Nadu bus burning case and said that the incident was revenge against Madani's continued detention in the Coimbatore blast case.
Madani was acquitted in August 2007 in the 1998 Coimbatore case in which 58 people were killed and 200 injured before an election meeting of veteran BJP leader L K Advani.
The PDP leader is currently an accused in the Bangalore blast case of 2008 which claimed the life of a woman.
As part of the criminal conspiracy, the accused on September 8, 2005 assembled at nearby Aluva Masjid to chalk out their plan at the instance of Majeed Parambai, 12th accused, and at the direction of Madani's wife Soofiya, the charge sheet filed before the designated National Investigation Agency court said.
Soofiya, the 10th accused in the case, is out on bail.
The other accused in the case are Abdul Haleem, Ismail, Shefeeq, Sabir Buhari, Muhammed Navaz, Thajudin, Nazar, K A Anoop, Ummer Farooque, Majeed Parambai and Mohammed Sabir.
Another accused Abdul Rahim died in Kashmir.
According to the charge sheet, the accused entered into a criminal conspiracy sometime in the first week of September 2005 to wage war against government of India and to strike terror against the people and to set fire to the Tamil Nadu government bus in retaliation to Madani's continued detention in Coimbatore Jail.
On September 9, 2005, six accused, including Nazeer, boarded the bus bound for Salem and threatened the driver with a gun and knives and forced him to drive the bus to a lonely place and set it on fire after asking the 31 passengers to alight.
The accused committed offences under IPC: 120 (B)(criminal conspiracy) read with 121(A) (conspiracy to commit certain offences against the state, waging or attempting to wage war against the government of India and 364 (abducting in order to murder).
They have also been charged under 506 (ii) (criminal intimidation), 435 (mischief by fire or explosion), 323 (hurt) and 34 (common intention) of IPC, section 4 of the Prevention of Destruction of Public Property Act and sect 16(1) (b) and 18 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention Act), 1967.
The punishment for the offences varies from death to life imprisonment and fine.