Madani says he will surrender before court

Facing arrest in 2008 Bangalore blasts case, PDP leader Abdul Nasser Madani said he would surrender.

Updated: Aug 15, 2010, 23:48 PM IST

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

Addressing a press meet at his camp at Nnwarassery near here
amid intense speculations and suspense, Madani said he
preferred surrendering before a nearest cout court as he was
keen to avoid law and order problems his arrest could trigger.

He also said his health condition was poor and the arrest
in such a state could cause severe difficulties for him. At
the same time, he said, if the poice wanted they could come
and arrest him.

Appearing before the media for the first time after ban
orders were imposed in and around his camp, Madani, swearing
by faith,reiterated that he had no role whatsoever in the
Bangalore blasts case in which he was falsely implicated by
the Karnataka police.

" I did not speak either directly or over telephone with
anybody (allegedly involved in the case) including T Nazeer
(a key accused in the case now under custody)."

He said he was listed as an accuse under the charged that he
he visited Coorg in Karnataka, a place he had never seen in
his life,as part of the conspiracy behind the blasts case.

The PDP leader also denied that arms had been piled in
the complex where he had been camping and said anybody could
examine every nook and cranny of the orphanage complex.

Adding to the drama and suspese, there was a flutter while
the press meet was progressing with some of his followers
alleging that a bag had been thrown into the compound. Madani
said this could be part of the conspiracy against him and
wanted the authorities and mediapersons to examine the bag to
ascertain if it contained any arms or explosive material.

Earlier in the day, local Thehsildar put up a notice in front
of the complex asking the management of the orphanage to
evacuate all those inside other than the regular inmates and
remove stored weapons, if any.

Prohibitory orders have been in force in Mainagappally and
Sasthamcotta panchayats since yesterday, warning against
grouping of five or more people.

A heavy contingent of police,including personnel of Special
Armed Battalion, had been deployed in the area to meet the
situation arising out of Madani`s arrest.

A team of Karnataka police had been camping in the district
for the last six days to arrest Madani after his anticipatory
bail plea was rejected last week by Karnataka High Court.