Kerala bus torching: PDP leader’s wife to be prosecuted

Sunday, December 12, 2010

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM - The union home ministry has sanctioned the prosecution of Sufiya Maudany, wife of jailed Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Abdul Nasir Maudany, and all the 13 accused in the 2005 Kalamassery bus burning case, a government order says.

Sufiya is the tenth accused in the case that was earlier being investigated by the Kerala Police. She was arrested Dec 18 last year and was released on bail Dec 23 by a Kochi court.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) will carry out the prosecution and file the chargesheet in the case in the next few days.

The incident took place in 2005 when alleged PDP activists burned a state-owned Tamil Nadu public transport bus after reports surfaced that Abdul Nasir Maudany, who was in a Coimbatore jail, was treated badly.

The case was lying dormant for long but the Kerala Police got into action after reports surfaced that the now arrested T. Nazeer, self-styled south India chief of militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, had links with Sufiya Maudany.

Nazeer is the first accused in the bus burning case.

Abdul Nasir Maudany, an accused in the 2008 serial explosions in Bangalore, was arrested by the Karnataka Police from his party office complex in Kollam district in August.

–Indo Asian News Service

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