The arrest of three persons by the police for allegedly facilitating the bomb blast in Bangalore last week has not gone down well with an umbrella group of Muslim organisations in Tamil Nadu.
Representatives of the Federation of Muslim Organisations comprising 24 outfits on Wednesday met Tamil Nadu DGP K Ramanujam to express the concern among the community members over the arrest,which they alleged was without any evidence.
Kichan Bukhari,Peer Mohideen and Basheer were arrested by the special investigation team of the Bangalore Police. Bukhari was an accused in the 1998 Coimbatore serial blast case and had spent over a decade in prison.
Federation coordinator Mohammad Haneefa condemned the blast and welcomed a fair probe. However,we have doubts about the allegations against the three persons. Bukhari was released after the court found him innocent. Since then,he has been involved in offering legal aid to 48 innocent Muslim prisoners wrongly accused in the serial blasts, he said.
Haneefa said he has been regularly in touch with Bukhari. I personally find it difficult to believe that he was part of the blast, he said. The federation would extend legal aid to Bukhari and the other two. A few of the organisations have sought CBI probe into the blast case.
Meanwhile,Bukharis wife,Jameela Banu,has filed a writ petition,Habeas Corpus,in the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court. She has claimed that her husband has no connection with the blast. She said since his arrest,the family does not know about his whereabouts.
Jameela said Bukhari,as the coordinator of Charitable Trust of Minorities,has been engaged in providing legal support to innocent Muslim prisoners. He was to go to Delhi in the next few days for a hearing in Supreme Court over case related to Coimbatore blasts.
Bukharis wife alleged that her family was being harassed by the police,which forced them to shift from Coimbatore to his native Melapalayam in Tirunelveli. Last Thursday,Bukhari was questioned by the police team probing a two-year-old case involving the seizure of a pipe bomb from under a culvert through which the convoy of senior BJP leader LK Advani was to pass.
Though Bukhari told them he had no links with any suspects,officials threatened to foist a case against him,she alleged.
On Monday morning,a DySP and two inspectors detained Bukhari and two others from Melapalayam bus stand at about 5 am. The family has not been informed about the arrest nor do they know where he was being held,said Jameela.
Bukharis mother,Thoulath Beevi,told the media from their residence at Melapalayam that her son faced troubles from the police even after being released from the prison. She said every time there was a blast or seizure of explosives,the police would include him as a suspect and detain him for questioning. But every time he is eventually released as there was no evidence to link him to the cases,she said.