Kollam (Kerala): Amid speculation about the
imminent arrest of PDP leader Abdul Nasser Madani in the 2008
Bangalore serial blasts case, prohibitory orders were on Saturday
clamped and security beefed up in and around his camp at
Anwarssery near here.
As tension prevailed in the area with People`s
Democratic Party workers collecting in large numbers, police
used teargas to disperse them. PDP said Madani would cooperate
with police and said none should get provoked and resort to
A Karnataka Police team has been camping in the
district with the arrest warrant for the last five days,
awaiting the green signal from state police to execute the
The district administration imposed prohibitory orders
under IPC Section 144 and brought the main roads leading to
the orphanage complex at Anwarssery, where Madani is camping,
under its control. The ban orders were enforced in
Mainagapally and nearby Sasthacottah panchyats.
A strong contingent under SP Harshita Attalluri is
camping in the area. Additional forces of Special Armed
Battalion had been sent to the area to meet the situation.
While Madani remained inside the complex, some of his
supporters who spoke to him told reporters that the PDP leader
was willing to co-operate with police.
"Madani did not utter a single word against execution
of the order. But he reiterated his stand that he was falsely
implicated in the case," said K F Abdul Salam Moulvi of
Dakshina Kerala Jayyuth Ulema, after meeting him.
PDP working chairman Poonthura Siraj said Madani was
keen that his arrest should not lead to any law and order
problem but wanted police to avoid creating "a siege-like
situation" in the area.
Security has been further tightened across Kerala in
view of Independence Day celebrations and also taking into
account the developments concerning the PDP leader.
Meanwhile, the `freedom parade` planned by radical
group Popular Front of India in different parts of Kerala has
been banned. PFI activists are suspected to be behind the
attack on a lecturer, whose right hand was chopped off on July
4 for preparing a question paper, with alleged derogatory
references to Prophet Mohammad.
Madani`s anticipatory bail plea was rejected last week
by the Karnataka High Court.
The PDP leader was also an accused in the 1998
Coimbatore bomb blasts case but was acquitted later. The
serial blasts, hours before senior BJP leader L K Advani was
to address an election meeting, had left 58 people dead.