Maudany refutes terror charges, lines up people termed militants

March 29th, 2009 - 12:05 am ICT by IANS  

Thiruvananthapuram, March 28 (IANS) People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chief Abdul Nasir Maudany Saturday refuted the allegations that he was involved in terror activities, and lined up the people he said the media had labelled as “terrorists”.
Addressing reporters here, Maudany paraded a man identified as Naushad, who had accompanied Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) candidate from Vadakara, Sathy Devi, when she filed her nomination. Maudany showed reporters pictures of Naushad with the Congress party and Indian Union Muslim league (IUML) leaders.

A section of the media had earlier alleged Naushad was a terrorist.

“These are the pictures of Naushad (who is 80 per cent blind) who is seen along with Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi and IUML general secretary P.K.Kunhalikutty in the recent past. When he appears with a CPI-M candidate, he becomes a terrorist,” said Maudany.

Another person whom he brought before the media persons was Mani alias Yousuf, who was also alleged to be a terrorist.

Maudany said he met Mani while he was in Coimbatore jail and when Mani was released, Maudany had told him to go and stay in his house at Kochi since Mani was homeless.

He said Mani had left his home as he wanted to marry a particular woman, about which Maudany’s wife was not keen. “So he left my home. He appeared a few days back after news reports surfaced that he was one who had received training to become a terrorist. You can ask him anything,” said Maudany.

About TV channel reports Saturday linking his wife Sufiya Maudany to the burning of a Tamil Nadu government-owned bus in 2005, Maudany said a man named Majeed, who was arrested in that case, had testified to the police about his wife being the mastermind.

Maudany said both Majeed and his brother had conducted a press conference where they said the police officials had brutally beaten up Majeed to implicate her.

“I appeal to the home minister here to arrest me and put me in jail, if this would help to have a peaceful election in the state. In the name of God, I firmly deny that I have anything to do with terrorism and terrorists activities,” said Maudany.

Maudany was acquitted in the 1998 Coimbatore bomb blast case in 2007, after he spent nearly a decade in the Coimbatore jail as an undertrial.

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