Miscommunication led to arrest of Darul cleric

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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