18 Dec 2009,
NEW DELHI: CPM-led Kerala government on Thursday did a political U-turn and described Soofiya Madani, wife of its ‘ally’ in the last Lok Sabha election, Abdul Nassar Madani, as someone with links to dreaded terror outfits.
The Kerala government, which opposed Soofiya’s bail plea in the Kalamasseri bus burning case, told the high court that the government cannot be lenient towards people connected with terror groups. Within minutes of the HC rejecting her bail plea, the state police arrested Soofiya.
The prosecution had told the HC that Soofiya was among the choreographers of the bus burning incident carried out by a group led by Thadiyantevide Nazir, the arrested South Indian commander of Lashkar-e-Toiba. “She was passing on instructions to Abdul Rahim, Majeed Parambai and Sabeer Tajudeen. A day after the bus burning incident, Soofiya had told Tajudeen to follow the instruction of Thadiyantevide Nazir.
Justice K T Sankaran stated that there was prima facie evidence of her involvement in the terror activity. He said there was evidence pointing to the petitioner (Soofiya) waging war against the country. The development is a major embarrassment for CPM, which had associated with Madani in the Muslim-dominated areas of the state in the Lok Sabha elections. CPM state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan virtually forced the central leadership to endorse the association with PDP. Chief minister V S Achuthanandan and allies like CPI were opposed to seeking the help of PDP.
The chief minister used the revelations against Soofiya to assert that the decision of the party to cooperate with PDP was a mistake. “Even the relationship that was there in the past with PDP should not have taken place,” Mr Achuthanandan said.