Miscommunication led to arrest of Darul cleric
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Last Updated: Friday, May 14, 2010, 20:44
New Delhi: The scare created by a telephonic conversation by a Darul Uloom cleric onboard a London flight appears to be a case of miscommunication, Delhi Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal said on Friday.

Nurul Huda, a resident of UP's Saharanpur, was arrested on May 13 from an Emirates flight from Delhi to London at the IGI airport here after a woman co-passenger complained about his "suspicious" talk over phone.

The woman told the cabin crew that she heard him saying over the phone that "jahaz udne wala hei, ham udane wala hei" (the plane is about to take off, we are about to blow up), police had said yesterday. Following this, he was offloaded from the plane and placed under arrest.

He said, the cleric told police that he was only telling somebody that "the plane is about to fly (jahaj udne wala hai)".

"It could have been a case of miscommunication. However, we are continuing our probe. We are checking his antecedents," Dadwal told reporters when asked about the Huda's arrest.

He was offloaded from the plane at around 11 am on Wednesday when it was about to take off. Huda was on way to London to attend a religious conference there.

Asked whether non-bailable sections will be invoked against Huda, Dadwal said, "we had a quick check. We don't want to proceed" on non-bailable charges.


First Published: Friday, May 14, 2010, 20:44

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