Arrested CPI Maoist leaders produced in court
Posted by Admin on August 26, 2009
PATNA/RANCHI: A day after outlawed CPI (Maoist) threatened an indefinite bandh in protest against the “kidnapping” of their two leaders by police, Jharkhand police on Tuesday produced the two Maoists in a Ranchi court.
The duo, Anil and Kartik, had been missing since last week. The Naxal outfit claimed they were picked up by police from the running Ranchi-Patna Intercity Express on August 19 but had not been produced in any court.
Even as the Naxal outfit, apparently fearing that they would be killed in a fake encounter, called for a two-day bandh in five eastern states on Monday and Tuesday, police remained tightlipped about them.
On Tuesday, however, Anil and Kartik were produced in the CJM court in Ranchi and forwarded to the Birsa Munda Central jail. This after Ranchi zone DIG R K Mullick claimed at a hurriedly-convened press conference earlier in the day that the duo were arrested while trying to board a Patna-bound train at the Ranchi railway station on Monday evening.
An FIR has been lodged against them in the Chutia police station under various Sections, including 121 IPC (waging a war or attempt to wage a war against the government of India), Mullick said.
Talking to TOI over phone from his hideout before the police confirmed their arrest, CPI (Maoist)’s eastern India spokesman Koteshwar Rao alias Kishan on Tuesday morning said he had “pucca information” that his two comrades were picked up by police on August 19. “I have connections in Intelligence Bureau and I am not joking if I say they have been arrested by police,” he said.
Anil alias Amitabh Bagchi alias Sumit-da alias RK-da, a resident of Shyampukur police station area in Kolkata, is a politburo member of the banned outfit, police said, adding 35-year-old Kartik alias Tauhid Mula, a central committee member of the CPI (Maoist), hails from Bengal’s Murshidabad district.
A post-graduate from Jadavpur University, Anil, 55, was the founder of the erstwhile CPI (ML-Party Unity) in Bihar. He spent years in Palamu and later worked with the landless in Jehanabad and Patna. He led the Naxal movement in Bihar in 1980s and 90s, Kishan said.