It was a planned move to delay my travel, says Abdul Nasser Madani

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PDP chairman and one of the prime accused in the 2008 Bangalore serial blasts case Abdul Nasser Madani arrived at Nedumbasseri airport around 8.30 pm amid tight security. PDP leaders and activists greeted him with loud slogans outside the launch.

Earlier in the day, the IndiGo airlines flight took off from Bengaluru around 1pm without Madani which he was supposed to board to get home.

The airlines had objected to carrying Madani as he was accompanied by police officers, despite issuing boarding pass to the PDP chairman. It is learned that the airline sought special permission from the aviation department under the impression that Madani was a prisoner.

However, it later became clear that there was no need for special permission as he is under bail and the authorities started arrangements for another flight. Talking to reporters at the airport, Madani thanked everyone who supported him for getting bail to visit his ailing mother in his hometown. From the airport Madani headed for his home in Kollam.

Protest turns violen

The delay in his arrival led to chaos at the Cochin International Airport when protest by PDP workers before the IndiGo airline’s office turned violent.

The protesters smashed a glass pane of the office, leading to clashes between them and the police. The police tried to remove the PDP men from the airport even as more protestes arrived.

However, with news coming in that Madani would reach Kochi by night, PDP workers ended their protest at the airport. A National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Bengaluru had granted permission for Madani to go to Kerala for eight days to visit his ailing mother.

The court allowed him to stay in Kerala from July 4 to 12. It has also instructed the police to ensure enough security for the accused in the 2008 Bengaluru serial blasts case

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