KOZHIKODE: Human rights activist Nadeer (Nadi), who was taken into custody from the premises of the Government Medical College Hospital here and shifted to Iritty DySP office, Kannur, on Monday, was released on Tuesday. However, soon after he reached his house at Nanmanda, Kozhikode, Kannur police personnel raided his house. He will have to present himself before Iritty DySP on January 4. Nadeer, who is employed as office secretary in a private company in Qatar, will be able to fly only with the permission of the police as he is a strong suspect in the case registered under UAPA in March.
He was questioned by the police, including Iritty DySP Prajeesh Thottathil and Kannur DySP P. Sadanandan, till the early hours of Tuesday. Police affirmed that a tribal woman Rajani and her son had identified Nadeer as one among the group that distributed Kattuthee, a Maoist publication in Vietnam Colony of Aralam farm. However, apart from the statements of the witnesses, the police could not provide any evidence proving that Nadeer was present at Aralam on March 3, when Maoists were spotted.
The police confirmed that Nadeer was a strong suspect right from March, when his photos were identified along with other suspects. The police were inquiring about him for the last few months. Later he absconded to the Gulf in May, said a press release from Kannur district police chief. "From the available investigation and records, the evidence was not sufficient to arrest Nadeer. Hence, he was let off with notice to appear before the investigating officer as and when required for investigation," the press release added.