Soofiya, wife of the People’s Democratic Party leader Abdul Nasir Maudany, was arrested by the police from her residence in Kochi on Thursday.

The arrest brings to an end a high drama that was enacted in Kerala ever since she moved a petition in the Kerala High Court a few days ago seeking anticipatory bail in a case involving the torching of a Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation bus in September 2005 as a reprisal for the arrest and incarceration of her husband by Tamil Nadu over the 1998 Coimbatore blasts. Soofiya is an accused in the case. The arrest followed the dismissal of her bail petition by the court.

Maudany told reporters her arrest was on the basis of a bogus case created by communal-minded politicians and police officers and right wing media.

Five persons, allegedly involved in a bomb attack on Maudany in which he lost a leg, were acquitted by a Kollam court on the same day.