Madani`s arrest: Karnataka, Kerala blame each other for delay

Last Updated: Monday, August 16, 2010 - 18:35

Kollam: As uncertainty about the arrest
or surrender of PDP leader Abdul Nasser Madani continued,
Karnataka Government on Monday charged the Kerala Government
with not extending co-operation to facilitate his arrest
in the Bangalore blasts case in which he is listed as an
accused.

While two senior officials from Bangalore police arrived
here this morning, fuelling speculation that the arrest was
imminent, the suspense continued unresolved as the day wore on
with the state authorities remaining tight-lipped on how the
sitution was going to be tackled.

A medical team from a private hospital examined Madani, who
is feverish and said they were awaiting the report of the
blood tests to decide whether he should be shifted to the
hospital or not.

Putting the blame for the delay in the matter on Kerala,
Karnataka Home Minister V S Acharya told a Malayalam
television channel that the expected co-operation from the
state did not come.

"We are requesting the Kerala Government. Things are not
happening. If the co-operation is not coming we will have
to think of some other option", Acharya said.

Meanwhile, the Kerala Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan today reiterated that it was for Karnataka police to decide on when to arrest Madhani.

Speaking to mediapersons here, Balakrishnan said since
Madhani had said that he (Madhani) would surrender before a
local court, Kerala police has nothing more to do. It was for
the Karnataka police to take the final decision on when to
arrest Madhani, he said.

Balakrishnan said all allegations against him with
regard to Madhani`s arrest was politically motivated as Kerala
police has no role in it.

Joint Police Commissioner, Bangalore, Alok Kumar and DCP
Omkarayya, who held discussions with district SP Harshitha
Attalluri, were learnt to have made it clear that Karnataka
was keen to avoid any further delay in the arrest or surrender
as the deadline for producing him in the court in Bangalore
was fast approaching.

Though the PDP leaders signalled in the morning that their
leader might surrender by the afternoon, they later declined
to give any firm indication on when that would happen.

A six-member team of senior doctors were called in from a
nearby private hospital and an ambulance was also brought to
Madani`s camp, creating the impression that he would be moved
to the hospital where he would surrender to the police.

After the examination, the doctors said for time being
he was not going to be taken to the hospital and they were
waiting to get the blood test results.

The situation around Madani`s camp at Anwarassery continued
to be under tight control of the police.

The PDP`s plans to hold a leadership meeting on decide on the
future course was dropped since the prohbitory orders were
in force in the area against grouping of five or more people,
police sources said.

While reiterating that he had no role whatsoever in the
blasts and that he was falsely implicated in the case, Madani
yesterday said he preferred to surrender before a local court.

-
PTI



First Published: Monday, August 16, 2010 - 18:35

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