PDP leader Madani arrested in Bangalore blasts case

Kollam (Kerala), Aug 17 (ANI): People's Democratic Party (PDP) leader Abdul Nasser Madani was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the 2008 Bangalore blast case.

Hours before the deadline set by the Bangalore court was to expire, a Karnataka Police team executed the non-bailable arrest warrant as Madani emerged from his orphanage-cum-madrassa complex at Anwarassery at Kollam.

Bangalore Deputy Commissioner of Police Omkarayya executed the warrant against Madani with the support of Kerala police shortly after he said he would be surrendering in a local magistrate's court.

Madani was taken to Thiruvananthapuram en route to Bangalore by air so that he could be produced before the Metropolitan Magistrate this evening.

Addressing media earlier in the day, Madani said he was being falsely implicated in the case.

"When I read about the warrant in papers, I spoke to my lawyers. This is a conspiracy against me. I approached the court for bail," said Madani.

On August 11, Madani said he was ready to cooperate with police if a non-bailable warrant was produced before him.

He had earlier spent nine years in jail in connection with the 1998 Coimbatore serial blasts in which 58 people were killed. (ANI)

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