A team of the Karnataka police on Tuesday left for Kerala to arrest People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader Abdul Nasser Madani for his alleged role in the 2008 Bangalore serial blasts case.
The six-member team, led by a deputy commissioner of police, is expected to go to Kollam, a PDP stronghold (65 km north of Thiruvanthapuram) where Madani has been camping for the past few months.
Madani has been included as an accused in an additional charge sheet filed by the Bangalore police in the 2008 Bangalore bomb blasts case. A Karnataka court has rejected his plea for anticipatory bail.
The police claim to have evidence, especially phone call records, linking Madani to the explosions that killed one woman in Bangalore on July 25, 2008.
Madani had been arrested two months after Coimbatore’s February 1998 explosions, the target of which was BJP leader L.K. Advani.
He remained behind bars until a special court released him in 2006. The Kerala assembly then had passed a unanimous resolution seeking his release on “humanitarian grounds”. This was just before the Congress-led United Democratic Front lost power in the state.
This time Madani’s name had crept up during the interrogation of arrested Lashker-e-Tayyeba suspects Thadiyantavila Nazeer and Shafaz.
Nazeer was arrested in Bangladesh in December and handed over to the authorities in India.
In the Lok Sabha elections of 2009, the CPI(M) aligned with the PDP and supported Madani's candidate in the northern Ponnani constituency (in Malappuram district).
Party State Secretary Pinarayi Vijayan had shared the dais with him at a public meeting.