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Chhatradhar shifted to Presidency jail

Posted by Admin on October 12, 2009

MIDNAPORE: PCPA leader Chhatradhar Mahato was shifted to Presidency jail from Midnapore Central Jail on Sunday. On Saturday, Jhargram’s acting
ACJM Bishal Mangrati turned down a plea to extend his police custody under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and remanded him in judicial custody.

Though a district police officer said Mahato has been transferred for security reasons, locals believe it was done to monitor Mahato’s visitors. Besides, Pradyut Mahato, the brother-in-law of PCPA treasurer Sukhshanti Baskey, is lodged in Midnapore jail, too. Police are concerned that if they stay together, they may plan a future movement or the jail may be attacked by the Maoists.

On Sunday morning, Chhatradhar’s wife Anita went to meet him. "Though my husband told me that police did not assault him, we are frightened. Police have tortured him mentally, but

till now, they have failed to prove

him guilty. Everyone knows he is innocent and time will prove it. He told me that police have cooked up stories of his possessing huge property and having loose morals, but I know him better. If anyone wants to know about our financial condition, please come to our house at Amliya in Lalgarh," she said.

Suspected Maoists, meanwhile, set fire to a pick-up van loaded with sal leaves at Nayagram under Kotwali police station, around 6 km from Midnapore town, on Sunday.

Police suspect this was done only to scare local people and ensure that their 48-hour bandh across six districts in West Bengal, Bihar and Orissa from Monday is successful. The bandh has been called to protest the murder of their PLGA member Marang alias Bullet Murmu at Goaltore last week.

"We have started an inquiry to find out the culprits," said West Midnapore SP Manoj Verma.

Meanwhile, an Eastern Frontier Rifles jawan, B Chhetri, has been suspended. He has lost his AK-47 and a loaded magazine on September 19. Chhetri was posted at the force’s Salua base camp in Kharagpur.

Police had been informed, but the rifle and the magazine could not be traced. Late on Sunday night, however, they arrested a local drug addict, Rajesh Boro, who reportedly admitted that he had stolen the rifle and the magazine and sold those to some Maoist cadres in Belpahari for Rs 25,000. TOI


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