Prohibitory orders around Madani camp, area under police net
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Last Updated: Sunday, August 15, 2010, 10:36
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 violence.

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 order.

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.


First Published: Sunday, August 15, 2010, 10:36

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