Kerala ‘delay tactics’ stall Madani arrest

Kerala ‘delay tactics’ stall Madani arrest

A police team from Karnataka camping in south Kerala town Kollam could not on Wednesday arrest People’s Democratic Party chairman Abdul Naser Madani....

A police team from Karnataka camping in south Kerala town Kollam could not on Wednesday arrest People’s Democratic Party chairman Abdul Naser Madani,an accused in the 2008 Bangalore serial blasts case,with the Kerala Police reportedly going back on its word to provide local support to them.

The Bangalore police,which arrived in Kollam on Tuesday,said they will not carry out the arrest unilaterally given the communal sensitivity of the issue.

While the Kerala government said the Bangalore police did not intimate the state Home Ministry and the director general of police about their arrival,the latter said Kollam’s Superintendent of Police and the Kochi police commissioner were alerted about the pending arrest warrant issued by a Bangalore court.

Kerala Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said: “Karnataka did not contact the Kerala DGP or the Home Department. Instead,the state has sent a junior officer directly to Kollam. The state police have to focus on the security of the President,who will attend functions in south and central Kerala over the next three days. Besides,the state also has to step up vigil due to the Independence Day. We would facilitate the arrest only after considering the local factors.”


Sources,however,said the Karnataka Police have followed the necessary procedure — of contacting the officer under whose jurisdiction the accused person resided — for arresting Madani. Accordingly,the Karnataka police sought the support of the Kollam police to arrest the PDP leader. Even the DGP is said to have earlier stated in public that the Karnataka Police were free to arrest Madani any time and that it was not necessary for them to inform Kerala in advance.

A senior Karnataka police officer said: “The Bangalore police is sensitive to the security situation in Kollam that will arise out of Madani’s arrest. That is why we are seeking the co-operation of the Kerala Police. We want to execute the arrest warrant that is returnable to the court by August 17.

The delay in the execution of the NBW against Madani is believed to be an effort to enable the PDP leader to move the Supreme Court.

At Anwarassery in Kollam,where Madani stays,PDP activists have threatened to thwart the arrest. Party’s working chairman Poonthura Sirja said they would not allow the police to arrest him during the month of Ramzan,which begins on Thursday. “During Ramzan,a believer would be spending his time in prayers. It would not be possible to arrest Madani during the prayer time,” he said.

Madani has been listed as accused number 31 in an additional chargesheet filed in June by the Bangalore police in the case on the basis of a statement provided by the main accused,Tadiyandavede Nasir,a former associate of Madani,who was arrested in November last year. Madani has been booked under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and for criminal conspiracy.