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Saturday, March 13, 1999 Published at 13:50 GMT

World: South Asia

Indian minister criticised over Coimbatore bombing suspect case

The leader of one of the parties in India's governing coalition, Jayalalitha Jayaram has criticised the country's home minister, L.K. Advani, over his decision to revoke emergency powers to detain a man in connection with a series of bombings in the city of Coimbatore last year.

The detainee, Abdul Nasar Madhani - who's the leader of small Muslim hardline group - is charged with supplying explosives used in the attacks in which about sixty people were killed.

He was initially detained shortly after the bombings and held under the National Security Act.

However, the authorities have been forced to revoke the act in Mr Madhani's case because technical requirements were not fulfilled.

Mr Madhani still remains in prison, but can now apply for bail.

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