//Jail authorities asked to identify 'safe zone' for Madhani

Jail authorities asked to identify 'safe zone' for Madhani

Coimbatore, June. 16 (PTI): The Tamil Nadu Government has asked Central Prisons authorities here to identify a 'safe zone' in the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital for providing treatment to Kerala-based PDP leader Abdul Nasser Madhani, a key accused in the 1998 serial blasts.

The state government has sent a letter to DIG, Prisons, asking him to inspect the hospital premises and send a feasibility report, whether a security zone could be created for Madhani to undergo treatment for his various ailments.

Recently, Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan had a meeting with his Tamil Nadu counterpart, M Karunanidhi urging to take measures to provide good medical care to Madhani on 'humanitarian grounds,' jail sources said.

Madhani, lodged in the prison for the last eight years, with an artificial leg, is suffering from diabetes, spinal problem and arthritis, besides weight loss. PDP and other political parties, including the BJP in Kerala, have demanded good treatment for him outside the jail hospital, Akbar Ali, Madhani's lawyer and party functionary, said.

Though there was an order banning shifting Madhani outside Coimbatore, with the trial pending in the special court, shifting him to local hospital would not amount to defying the ban, he said.

The immediate need for Madhani was medical attention, though the PDP wanted him to be treated in a special ward, Ali said.

The City Police Commissioner, Karan Singha, when contacted said that police were giving only escort to the blast accused, if requested they would extend all help to maintain security.