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Madani confesses to Bangalore blasts
BANGALORE, Aug 25 (Agencies):
Published on 25 Aug. 2010 11:06 PM IST
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Karnataka home minister claimed on Tuesday that Kerala radical cleric Abdul Nasser Madani (45) had confessed to direct involvement in the twin blasts outside Chinnaswamy cricket stadium ahead of an IPL match in Bangalore on April 17. Police said the disclosure will help crack the case soon, reports Times New Network.
“During interrogation, Madani revealed that he was directly involved,” home minister V S Acharya told reporters. On April 17, an hour before the IPL match, two low-intensity explosions occurred near a packed Chinnaswamy stadium. It left around 15 persons, including five security men, injured.
The match between Royal Challengers and Mumbai Indians was played after an hour’s delay, but the two semifinals scheduled in the same stadium were shifted to Mumbai.
Acharya indicated that police might seek extension of Madani’s custody, who is in police remand until August 26. Madani’s link to other main accused in the 2008 serial blast case has already been established.
“I can’t divulge more details, as it would hamper investigation,” Acharya added. He said Madani had made several calls to some leading politicians in Karnataka in the last few weeks before the Karnataka police arrested him on August 17 in Kerala, and also before and after the 2008 serial blasts in Bangalore.
Madani, who was acquitted in the 1998 Coimbatore bomb blasts case, earned his degree from a madrassa in Sasthamkotta where he was born. A brilliant orator, his discourses mesmerized and attracted the youth.
As India erupted in the run up to Babri Masjid demolition, Madani sensed insecurity in the Muslim community and decided to play the saviour.
He founded Islamic Sevak Sangh (ISS) in 1990, which took on not just the RSS and BJP, but also threatened to dislodge the Jamaat-e-Islami and the Indian Union Muslim League. For its support to violence, ISS was banned in 1992.
Madani admitted in August 2007 that he had gone wrong in the past and promised not to repeat his mistakes. But his past never left him. The seeds he flung around sprouted. While he contested the Coimbatore blast case, many former PDP supporters migrated to fanatical groups like the National Democratic Front, SIMI and Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Subsequently, Madani gave shape to the PDP, which became a platform for former ISS members. Politicians from across the spectrum patronized him. Then came his arrest in the February 1998 Coimbatore blasts and the acquittal in August 2007.

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