Kochi: Kerala police today denied any
"deliberate delay" in the arrest of PDP leader, Abdul Nasser
Madani, an accused in the 2008 Bangalore blasts case.
"There was no deliberate delay in the arrest of
Madani, DGP Jacob Punnose told reporters on the sidelines of a
"The Karnataka DGP had requested me personally that he
wants the warrant to be executed by August 16 or Aug 17. It
was done accordingly. We had only started the process
sufficiently early so that it could be done without
bloodshed`, he said.
After an eight-day long suspense, Madani was arrested
on August 17 as he emerged from the orphanage-cum-madrassa
complex at Anwarassery in Kollam to surrender before a local
court. He was arrested by a Karnataka police team amid high
drama hours before the non-bailable arrest warrant issued by a
Bangalore court was to expire.
On the progress in the case relating to the attack on
college Lecturer T J Joseph, he said the police had identified
"There would be more arrests. This is not a normal
case. There has been a conspiracy and the accused were aware
of the eventuality of the crime," he said.
Joseph was attacked on July 4, allegedly by activists
belonging to the Popular Front of India, and his right hand
chopped off for preparing a question paper which reportedly
contained "derogatory" references to Prophet Muhammed.