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Bangalore blast suspect says IB framing him

Jul 02, 2010 08:51 AM IST India India
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Bangalore: Abdul Nasser Madani, leader of the People's Democratic Party and an accused in the 2008 Bangalore serial blast case, has blamed the Intelligence Bureau for framing him.

"The Intelligence Bureau is behind the attempt to falsely implicate me. It seems I am forever under the IB's scanner, and they just want to finish me off. IB officials tortured T Nazir, and forced him to make a statement against me. IB officials categorically told him that we either need Madani or Soofia (Madani's wife) behind bars, and for that you need to depose against them. But I never thought they would go to the extent of making me an accused," Madani said.

Taking the moral high ground Madani added that he was ready to go to jail again it it helped in ending terrorism.

"But let me tell you this, if by arresting me, terror will be wiped off the face of India, I will happily go to jail again," he said.

Madani has already been chargesheeted in the 2008 Bangalore serial blasts along with six others. The chargesheet was filed by the Bangalore Police in the serial blast case in which one woman was killed on June 12.

Police registered the case against Madani following the interrogation of arrested Lashker-e-Toiba suspects Thadiyantavila Nazir and Shafaz. Nazir was an activist of the now-defunct Islamic Sevak Sangh, which Madani headed before he dissolved the outfit and formed PDP in the 1990s.

Madani was an accused in the 1998 Coimbatore blast case, too, but was later let off by the court. His wife Soofia Madani has also been accused of having links with terrorists.