NIA files chargesheet against Madani’s wife

The chargesheet includes 13 accused, including Soofiya Madani in the Kalamassery bus burning case.

Kochi: The National Investigation Agency
(NIA) on Friday filed chargesheet against 13 accused, including
alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba operative T Nazeer, an accused in the
Bangalore blast case and Soofiya Madani in the case relating
to the burning of a Tamil Nadu state owned bus at nearby
Kalamassery on Sept 9, 2005.

Soofiya, wife of PDP leader, Abdul Nasser Madani, another
accused in the Bangalore blast case, is the 10th accused in
this case.

The other accused in the case are Abdul Haleem, Ismail,
Shefeeq, Sabir Buhari, Muhammed Navaz, Thajudin, Nazar, KA
Anoop, Ummer Farooque, Majeed Parambai and Mohammed Sabir.

Fourteenth accused, Abdul Rahim, died in kashmir and he is
not set up for trial.

According to the chargesheet, Investigation revealed that
the accused entered into a criminal conspiracy sometime during
the first week of September 2005 to wage war against
government of India and to strike terror against the people
and to set fire to the TN government bus in retaliation to the
continued detention of PDP leader Abdul Nasser Madani, in
Coimbatore Jail in connection wtih the Coimbatore blast case.

In pursuance of the criminal conspiracy, the accused on
Sept 8, 2005 assembled at Aluva Masjid to chalk out their plan
at the instance of Majeed Parambai, 12th accused, and
direction of Soofiya Madani.

It was decided that 6 pesons would board the bus from the
KSRTC bus stand at Ernakulam and three other persons would
follow in 3 motor bikes so that after setting fire to the bus
they could escape by using the motor bikes.

Ismail was to arrange cotton waste, Petrol/Diesel and
plastic waste. Accused Shabir was to arrange for petorl and

On Sept 9, 2005, T Nazeer, Abdul Haleem, Ismail, Shefeeq,
Sabir Buhari and Muhamammed Navaj boarded the bus, which was
to start from the KSRTC bus stand at 0830 pm and proceed to

Thajudin, Nazar and Anoop waited for them at Kalamassery in
3 motor bikes.

The bus started on its journy with 31 passengers and when
it reached near Kalamassery Municipal office, about 8 km from
KSRTC bus stand, one of the accused pointed a gun and two
other placed knives on either side of the neck of the driver
and threatned him to drive the bus away from the National
Highway to a lonely place called Popemala about 2 km from the
national highway. When the bus slowed down, the driver was
beaten up.

After the bus reached Popemala, all the passengers were
asked to get down and the bus was set afire by the accused.

The accused committed offences under various sections of
the IPC 120 (B) read with 121(A), 364, 506 (ii), 435, 323 and
34 of IPC, sect 4 of the PDPP Act and sect 16(1) (b) and 18 of
the unlawful activities (Prevention Act), 1967.

This is the second case in which NIA has filed chargesheet
after it took over investigation.