Civil rights group plans to challenge detentions

Three days after he was taken into custody in the Malleswaram blast case, 28-year-old Aliyappa was released on Friday.

Mr. Aliyappa is among nine suspects picked up jointly by the Tamil Nadu and Bangalore city police since the blast on April 17.

A visibly bruised and battered Mr. Aliyappa on Friday lost his way in the city after his release from Madiwala interrogation cell. Having come to make a living here, Mr. Aliyappa, a native of Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu, neither knows Kannada nor the city.

He was a room-mate of arrested suspect Peer Mohiudeen with whom he was selling biscuits and tea powder at Venkateshpura, near Tannery Road, for about six months.

On Friday, he managed to reach Shivajinagar with great difficulty. Coincidentally, in nearby Queen’s Road, the Association of People for Civil Rights (APCR) had organised a press meet in which Mr. Aliyappa’s family was present. Despite giving Mr. Aliyappa directions he was unable to reach the venue on time. Some activists asked him to come to a particular bus-stop at Shivajinagar terminus, and thus tracked him. Mr. Aliyappa, who arrived at the press meet after it was over, told reporters that the police questioned him intensively for three days.