IndiGo refuses to take Madani, PDP workers protest at Kochi airport
2008 Bangalore serial blasts prime accused Madani, who is out on bail for eight days, was expected to reach Kochi from Bengaluru by Monday evening's IndiGo airlines
A group of Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) activists staged a protest in front of IndiGo office in Kochi as the flight refused its service to their chairman Abudul Nazer Madani.
2008 Bangalore serial blasts prime accused Madani, who is out on a bail for eight days, was expected to reach from Benguluru to Kochi by Monday evening in the IndiGo airlines.
However, the airlines authorities did not allow him to board the flight at the last moment, demanding a special permission from the civil aviation department.
This enraged the large number of PDP workers who had flocked to the Cochin International airport to welcome him.
They staged a protest in front of the IndiGo counter at the terminal.
It turned ugly when some of the party workers broke the glass panes of the airline counter.
The activists ended their protests when it was conveyed that Madani would reach Kochi by another flight later in the evening.
PDP sources said that Madani will reach Kochi by 8:30 pm.
According to sources, the airlines refused to fly him as he failed to produce a special permission from the aviation department.
The police officers accompanying Madani tried to convince the airlines authorities saying that he does not need a special permission as he was granted a bail by National Investigation Agency (NIA).
The PDP leader will be in Kerala for eight days beginning Monday to meet his ailing mother.
Madani, who has languished in jail for years got bail from Supreme Court in 2014. He was arrested in 2010.
He was also arrested in connection with Coimbatore blast case, but the court exonerated him after he had served nine years in jail.