Activists of Muslim voluntary forum protest Madani’s arrest by Karnataka police

Coimbatore, Aug.23 (ANI): Over 300 activists of the Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam (TMMK), a Muslim voluntary forum, staged a protest here on Monday against the Karnataka Police for arresting Abdul Nasser Madani, leader of the regional People”s Democratic Party (PDP).

Madani is an accused in the 2008 Bangalore serial blast case.

The protestors blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party and its parent organisation Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh for creating misunderstanding with such an arrest about Muslims in the country.

Saddiq, Deputy Secretary of TMMK, said that with Madani’s arrest, it is being projected that Muslims were responsible for the

bomb blasts in the country.

“In connection with 2008 Bangalore bomb blast case, the Kerala”s (PDP) People”s Democratic Party leader, Abdul Nazeer Madani,

has been arrested by the Karnataka Police. In its background, the Sangh Parivar plays an important role,” said Saddiq, Deputy

Secretary of Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnettra Kazhagam.

He further stated that: “Moreover it is made clear all over the country that RSS is behind the various bomb blasts that took

place all over the nation, with this the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) is trying to criticise the Muslims by arresting Muslim

youth and leaders and creating a myth among the people that Muslims are responsible for the bomb blasts. That is why the

Karnataka government arrested Abdul Nazeer Madani.”

“We, the TMMK, strongly condemn this act and to condemn this act, today (August 23) we are staging a demonstration here and

this protest will continue all over the state,” he stated.

Carrying black and white flags, the protestors raised anti-government slogans.

Abdul Nasser Madani, the leader of the regional People”s Democratic Party (PDP), was arrested on August 17 from Kerala as the

key accused in the 2008 Bangalore blast case.

He was later remanded to police custody till August 26.

Madani was detained for his suspected role in bomb explosions that took place in Bangalore city on July 25, 2008 in which one person was killed and 20 others were injured.

Madani has been charged for organising militant activities and having links with outlawed ultra organizations, including Lashkar-e-Toiba.

Madani is also charged for delivering inflammatory speeches, inviting several police cases against him.

After spending nine years behind bars in connection with the 1998 bomb blasts in Coimbatore, Madani was released from jail in 2007. (ANI)

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Kollam, Kerala: Ending the eight-day long suspense, Kerala PDP leader Abdul Nasser Madani was today arrested amid high drama by the Karnataka Police in connection with the 2008 Bangalore blast case.

Madani was taken to Thiruvananthapuram en route to Bangalore by air so that he could be produced before the Metropolitan Magistrate this evening.

There was high drama outside Madani’s residence as a large crowd of teary-eyed supporters gathered to bid their leader an emotional farewell.

Madani left his residence shortly after mid-day prayers to surrender before a local magistrate court. But as soon as emerged from his orphanage-cum-madrassa complex at Anwarassery, a heavy contingent of Kerala police in riot gear stalled the vehicle to allow Karnataka officials to arrest him.Bangalore Deputy Commissioner of Police Omkarayya executed the warrant against Madani with the support of Kerala police. The arrest took place without any law and order problems except some slogan shouting by supporters hailing their leader.

Addressing the media earlier in the day, Madani said he was being falsely implicated in the case as part of a deep-rooted conspiracy.

“When I read about warrant in papers, I spoke to my lawyers. This is a conspiracy against me. I approached the court for bail as it is the right of every citizen,” said Madani.

Appealing for calm, Madani asked party workers to protest through democratic means.

“I don’t believe I can return alive from Karnataka. I may be implicated in many other terror cases. I am suffering from a host of diseases but will surrender. If they arrest me in between, let them do,” he said.

Madani was listed as the 31st accused in an additional chargesheet filed by the police last month after confessions by suspected Lashkar-e-Toiba operative T Nazir linking him to the Bangalore blasts that left one person dead and 20 others injured.

A team of the Bangalore Police reached the Magistrate Court near Madani’s residence on Tuesday even as the PDP leader’s supporters said his health had worsened and he will not be able to travel to Bangalore.

The Bangalore police had been in Kerala waiting to arrest Madani in the 2008 Bangalore blasts case ever since a Karnataka court denied him bail.

Madani has been charged in the past for inflammatory speeches and is also believed to have links with the Laskhar e Toiba. (With PTI inputs)