Thursday, December 31, 2009

Kerala govt on collision course with NIA

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 27

The state government appears to be on a collision course with the the National Investigating Agency (NIA) with Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan questioning its intent in taking up various cases in the State without informing the government.

“Why is the NIA taking so much interest in cases in Kerala alone. The agency has not shown much interest in the Bangalore, Ahmedabad or Surat blasts but the cases in Kerala,’’ Balakrishnan told newsmen in New Delhi.

The minister’s statement comes in the wake of the NIA decision to investigate two more cases, including the Kalamassery bus burning incident and the one involving recruitment of youths from Kerala to Kashmir. The reports say that the NIA believes that there was a terror angle to the bus burning case, something the state police are yet to unearth. The minister claimed that the NIA could not take up cases prior to 2009 for investigation without the state’s consent.

Thadiyantavide Nazir who is in the custody of Karnataka police is the prime accused while Sufiya Madhani, wife of PDP chairman Abdul Nasser Madhani, is the tenth accused in the bus burning case. The State police are in the final stage of the investigations in this case.
Balakrishnan said that the Central agencies were keeping the State in the dark about the intelligence they had gathered in cases having a Kerala angle. He was also referring to the much-delayed confirmation of the arrest of Nazir and Shafaz from the Indo-Bangladesh border.

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