While working as Kerala home minister, former CPM State Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan and his party had illicit relations with the Islamist extremist organization People’s Democratic Party (PDP). This information was revealed by none other than the main accused in several bomb blast cases, PDP chief Abdul Nasser Madani.
Madani posted a write-up and video on his Facebook page in memory of the late Kodiyeri Balakrishnan. He even revealed that Comrade Kodiyeri helped in the Bengaluru bomb blast case. Madani recalls in the note that Kodiyeri provided all legal support and assistance to him and his organization even when Kodiyeri was the home minister of Kerala.
Madani added that they remained close for several years until Kodiyeri died earlier this month. He mentioned that even after Kodiiyri fell severely ill, the two kept in touch over the phone.
Kodiyeri underwent treatment for pancreatic cancer not in Havana but ‘bourgeois’ America and died at a private hospital in Chennai on October 1st. His death dented the number one image of health care that Congress and the Communists have falsely built about Kerala. Marxists made up for the shame with a massive media campaign that saw Gandhi Jayanthi wiped out of Keralite public view this year.
Kodiyeri was home minister from May 2006 to 2011. The Bengaluru serial blasts occurred on 25 July 2008 when a series of nine bombs exploded, killing three and injuring over 20. Terrorists used low-intensity crude bombs triggered by timers. Communists delayed his arrest until Karnataka police detained Madani in August 2010 for his role in the blasts.
Madani’s Facebook post claimed that Bengaluru police jailed him based on false allegations in the ‘Kodagu case.’ Madani added that Kodiyeri very accurately investigated the matters related to the bomb blasts and became convinced that he was innocent. From that firm conviction, Kodiyeri provided Madani with all the legal support.
One has to wonder why we have courts in Bharat when we have such ‘competent’ home ministers. The less said about the then Kerala Inspector-General, Tomin J. Thachankary, the better. He was not only mired in corruption and harassment charges but also had mysterious meetings with suspected terrorists in Qatar. For his unauthorized foreign visits to four Middle East countries, Thachankary was suspended from service in 2010. The then-Indian ambassador to Qatar, Deepa Wadhwa Gopalan, had written to the Union Ministry of External Affairs about this, following which the Union government ordered an NIA probe.
This is the man Kodiyeri appointed to handle the investigations into Madani’s terror activities in Kerala. Thachankery was also elected IPS Association president on the day that Kodiyeri died.
One can underestimate Madani at one’s peril. During his heydays, he traveled all over Kerala with his radical Islamists in a cavalcade that included 1,000 Bullet motorcycles and the rest in cars, vans, and trucks. His henchmen were rarely found outside in public and never went to work.
In 1989, Madani founded the Islamic Seva Sangh (ISS) and was banned for subversive activities in 1992. Madani then launched a new terror outfit, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In 1998, he was arrested and jailed in the Coimbatore bomb blasts case.
Most leaders of ISS then moved to the Islamist organization SIMI, which was later banned in 2001 for terror activities. Interestingly, SIMI was banned immediately after the 9/11 attacks on American soil.
After SIMI was outlawed, the same radical leaders formed National Development Front (NDF). NDF is an offshoot of the Nadapuram Development Front, another radical Islamist organization imposed on Kerala through communist collaboration, and is another story in itself. In 2006, NDF merged with two other organizations to form the recently banned Popular Front of India (PFI).
On August 1, 2007, Madani was released from the Coimbatore prison, where he had been imprisoned for more than nine years. Kodiyeri engaged three Kerala police personnel to watch him around the clock. These police officers later grew to be Madani’s reliable friends.
Justice Markandeya Katju expressed surprise about how a person in a wheelchair could pose a threat if released on bail. Several bomb blasts followed, including the Bangaluru one within a year.
Thadiyantavide Nazeer, alias Haji Ustad, alias Umar Haji, a Kannur native, was charged with various crimes when he was 15. During Nazeer’s interrogation, it was discovered that he joined Abdul Nazeer Madani’s organization, ISS, at the age of 16 and that he is also a PDP member. Nazeer is one of the main suspects in the 1991 murder of a Hindu leader in Kerala. He was also accused of attempting to torch a Tamil Nadu bus to condemn the arrest of Madani for the Coimbatore blast in 1998.
Nazeer was involved in the attempted assassination of former Kerala chief minister Comrade E K Nayanar. The case was registered at the Kannur Police Station on August 12, 1999, but Kodiyeri shockingly sabotaged the case for the sake of a few votes. It happened in 2009 when Kodiyeri was Kerala’s home minister.
After the attempt on Nayanar, Nazeer went into hiding somewhere in north Bharat. He came in contact with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operatives and crossed over to Pakistan to get trained in the terror outfit. He later returned.
According to the charge sheet filed by the Bengaluru city police, Madani attended a crucial meeting with terror suspect Nazeer in Kodagu/Coorg, 250 km from Bengaluru, to plan the serial blasts. Madani met the accused in an estate at Madhapur, where Nazeer was clandestinely planning his activities in the garb of a ginger cultivator from Kerala. Madani assured Nazeer of all possible help in carrying out the blasts and abetted Nazeer and others from executing the plan.
After the meeting, the main accused, Nazeer, and the others conducted a recce of Bengaluru. They reported to Madani again in a house in Ernakulam rented by them to explain the plan, an officer of the Bengaluru ATC said.
Nazeer and his associates like Mujeeb, Aleem, Bomb Ismail, and Abdul Raheem allegedly committed theft of explosives like ammonium nitrate, gelatin sticks, and electronic detonators from a shop at Perumbavoor in Ernakulam. Perumbavoor is a notorious Islamist hub, and there were allegations that the terrorists received help in procuring the explosives.
Local police questioned the shop owner at Perumbavoor in Ernakulam, where about 200 kg of ammonium nitrate was procured. That case was quickly hushed up and covered up with the theft theory. The terrorists also collected other accessories like jelly, iron bolts, nuts, cement, and newspapers from Bengaluru and manufactured bombs in Mujeeb’s house and planted them at various places in Bengaluru.
Nazeer met Madani again after the explosions, says the charge sheet. Nazeer had arranged funds in Riyals for the terror attack, indicating that the funding might have come from Saudi Arabia.
Nazeer had indoctrinated about 185 Keralites to pursue terror activities and was looking for training facilities in Kashmir and Pakistan. Nazeer escaped to Bangladesh after the Bengaluru blasts with the help of Bangladesh contact Mubashir Shahid.
The explosions were carried out with financial assistance and guidance from LeT. Nazeer was also assisted financially by LeT during his stay in Bangladesh. He received plenty of help from LeT leaders like Riyaz Bhatkal and even Dawood Ibrahim. Nazeer was arrested in December 2009 following the disclosures made in USA by LeT’s David Coleman Headley, one of the main accused in the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
In October 2010, a bombmaker and Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative Ummer Farook, a key gang member of LeT operative Nazeer, was picked up near Ajmer railway station. Farook, from Wayanad, was involved in sending five Kerala men for terrorist training to a LeT camp in Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK) in the first week of October 2008. Four of these men were shot by security forces in Kupwara near the LoC. Farook had been living near the Ajmer Sharif dargah since August 2009. Farook was close to Madani and was the one who planted the Bengaluru explosives and escaped the city.
Bengaluru police have proved that Nazeer and his associates have good links with the Madani family. Extremist groups like PFI and others currently operating in Kerala are offshoots of SIMI, which, after its ban in 2001, has transformed into networks of modules engaged in establishing a jihadi landscape in Bharat. Dr. Mohammed Ahmadullah Siddiqi, the founder of SIMI, re-located to USA to become a professor of journalism and public relations! He is now comfortably involved in running a complex network of anti-Bharat fronts that work at the behest of Pakistan, all under the benign gaze of CIA and FBI.
In August 2010, Shahjahan, a police constable deputed as the gunman of Madani, suddenly proceeded on ‘’leave.’ His move came after Bengaluru police issued notice to him to appear before them for questioning. The Bengaluru police wanted to make Shahjahan the prime witness for the case of the Bengaluru blasts.
Shahjahan, a resident of Manakkad near Thiruvananthapuram and attached to the Kollam Armed Reserve Police Camp unit, went on leave without prior notice. Karnataka police asked the Kerala police department to allow them to question the gunman, but the department never heeded these requests. Various allegations against the communist regime, especially Kodiyeri’s motives, made the rounds back then.
In 2011, it was reported that the Karnataka government was paying for Madani’s warm oil massages and medical treatments. The Supreme Court, where his bail application was pending, directed Karnataka to get him treated at Soukhya Centre for Ayurvedic and Holistic Treatment, a high-end Ayurveda center. Madani had run up a medical bill of Rs 10 lakh, and the final cost of treatment was expected to increase by the time he was discharged.
As recently as 2018, Nazeer was accused of threatening witnesses of the Bengaluru blast from the jail using mobile phones. Shocking details emerged after a police officer named Dinesh was arrested for trying to sneak mobile phone and sim cards to Nazeer. Dinesh was one of the security personnel who regularly brought Nazeer to the court during the hearing.
Bengaluru police had custody of Nazeer and had housed him in the Parappana Agrahara prisons. It was reported that Nazeer would secretly hand over letters to his aides through his visitors from Kannur. He reportedly would list out the names to be eliminated and threatened, to scuttle the prosecution of the Madani case.
Madani’s wife, Soofiya, had confessed to her role in the case and had links with LeT South India commander Nazeer. Soofiya’s counsel said the charges were false. He claimed that Nazeer was Madani’s ‘‘enemy’’ and had lied to the police to implicate Soofiya. Is this proof enough to free Madani? Kodiyeri thought so, but our courts have not, at least not yet. But he has been out on bail since 2014 (albeit restricted to Bengaluru), even though the Supreme Court last year called him a ‘dangerous man’!
Though it is not civilized to criticize a dead man since he is no longer there to defend himself, some words are never forgotten. In May 2017, Kodiyeri said that if the army is deployed in Kannur, clashes between the military and the people are bound to happen. “They [army] can do anything to anybody. If they see more than four people standing together, they can shoot them…They can take any woman and rape her, nobody has the right to question them. This is the state wherever the (Indian) army goes.”
Pakistan used such statements to excellent use.