People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader Abdul Nasser Madani, who has been arrested in connection with the 2008 Bangalore bomb blasts, was also allegedly involved in the twin explosions near Chinnaswamy Stadium here on April 17.
“Interrogation has revealed his role in the cricket stadium blasts,” Karnataka Home Minister V.S. Acharya said, adding that the police might seek an extension of Madani’s custody.
The stadium blasts took place when nearly 40,000 people were waiting to enter the stadium for an Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians.
Sixteen people, including five policemen, were injured and the match was delayed.
Three live bombs were recovered later and subsequent IPL matches to be played in the city were shifted to Mumbai.
The Karnataka police suspected the role of the outlawed Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), and visited several parts of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat to trace the alleged culprits.
Madani was arrested on August 17 for the 2008 blasts, after his name crept up during the interrogation of arrested Lashker-e-Tayyeba suspects Thadiyantavila Nazir and Shafaz. A woman was killed and 20 others were injured in the 2008 blasts.
The terror accused had reportedly made calls to Nazir, who was an activist of the Islamic Sevak Sangh — which Madani dissolved before floating the PDP in the 1990s.
Madani was remanded in police custody by a Bangalore magistrate until August 26.
The police had taken the PDP leader to Hosathota in Kodagu district, 260 km southwest of Bangalore, to confirm that he had visited camps held by Nazir in the locality.