Madani offers to surrender

Facing arrest in 2008 Bangalore blasts case, PDP leader Abdul Nasser Madani said he would surrender before a nearest court in one of the coming days, the date for which would be announced on Monday.

india Updated: Aug 15, 2010 23:46 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

People's Democratic Front leader Abdul Nasser Madani, an accused in the 2008 Bangalore bomb blasts case has said he would surrender before a court in Kerala to ensure that his arrest does not cause a law and order problem.

Madani has been camping at Anwaraserri, a religious centre-cum-orphanage at his hometown Kollam, 65 km north of Thiruvananthapuram.

Thousands of supporters have gathered in the town to challenge his planned arrest.

"If the arrest takes place here, it may lead to a law and order problem. I will surrender before a court to avert this," Madani said on Sunday.

He did not say how soon he planned to surrender.

The police on Sunday pasted a notice on the walls of Anwaraserri, urging Madani to surrender immediately.

The PDP leader said the Karnataka police had fabricated the charges against him. He had filed a petition in the Supreme Court on Friday, seeking that the charges be dropped but the apex court had rejected his plea.

A Karnataka police team has been in Kollam since Tuesday night awaiting the state government's nod to arrest him.

He was initially scheduled to be arrested on Thursday. But this was delayed as the Kerala government wanted to avoid potential chaos during a visit by President Pratibha Patil.

There was widespread speculation that Madani would be arrested after Independence Day celebrations, with the Kerala police indicating they would facilitate the arrest.

First Published: Aug 15, 2010 21:26 IST