Indian Mujahideen’s Bomb Maker admits links with Madani

published on April 2, 2009



Terror man admits links with Madani

PNS | Kochi

The
position of the CPI(M), which refuses let the police probe the alleged
terror links of Abdul Nasser Madani and his wife Sufiya just because of
a poll pact with his PDP, became weaker with more evidences coming out
in the form of statements by a terror case accused. This has come close
on the heels of Wednesday’s court order to probe the role of Sufiya
Madani in the burning of a Tamil Nadu bus at Kalamassery off Kochi in
2005.

Abdul Sattar alias Sainuddeen aka Sattar Bhai, who had
reportedly manufactures the Indian Mujahiddeen bombs that went off in
various cities last year, told the Anti-Terror Squad of the Kerala
Police that he had been in close contact with Madani for the past 15
years. The police had earlier found that Sainuddeen’s daughter had been
attending school from Sufiya’s residence in Kochi, but Madani had last
week categorically denied any knowledge of any person called Sainuddeen.

Sainuddeen
was arrested from Hyderabad jointly by the Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh
Police forces in January last in connection with the bombings in
Bangalore and elsewhere. During interrogation by the Kerala Police ATS
at the Ramavarmapuram facility near Thrissur, Sainuddeen told them that
he had come into contact with the Madani family when he had gone there
to install an elevator.

Sainuddeen, a native of Kondotty,
Malappuram, had been doing a business of selling electric fans brought
from Hyderabad and this was how he had connections with that city,
which later became his base. He had come into contact with Madani
through the workers of PDP. He had visited Madani’s house as he was
asked to install an elevator because Madani wanted it to go upstairs.
Sainuddeen also reportedly told the police that Sufiya had been helping
him to send his daughter to school.

Madani, at a face-to-face
programme in Thiruvananthapruam last week had denied the report about
connections with Sainuddeen and had claimed that the girl, Fazeela
Begum, attending school from his house, was actually the daughter of a
servant. He had also produced Mani alias Yusuf, who had been taking
care of the PDP leader at the Coimbatore prison and had once worked at
the purdah shop run by Sufiya, before the Press to claim that
Sainuddeen’s daughter had not stayed there.

With Sainuddeen
himself admitting his 15-year-old connections with the PDP chairman,
the Police Department, ruled by Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan,
who was also a junior Polit Bureau member of the CPI(M), would have no
other option but to proceed with follow-up investigations. Kodiyeri had
some days ago ruled out any probe into the allegations of Madani’s
terror links saying all of them were quite old.

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