Jharkhand: Produce Maoist leader Ashok Mahato before the court
Posted by Admin on October 27, 2009
RANCHI: Police on Monday denied charges that security forces have arrested Ashok Mahato, a member of the CPI(Maoist) South Chotanagpur Zonal Committee, and started preparing to combat the bandh called by the Maoists from Tuesday midnight.
Samarji, spokesperson of the South Chotanagpur Zonal Committee, on Sunday released a note to the press, demanding that mahaot be produced in court and before media as they feared that he may have been killed by police in a fake encounter.
The press note claimed that Mahato was arrested on October 2, under Sonahato police station in Ranchi but police have neither produced him in court nor before the media, raising questions about police’s actual intention.
Denying that Mahato had been arrested, Ranchi senior superintendent of police Praveen Kumar, on the other hand, said: "We have produced whoever was arrested on Sunday before the media."
Two persons, Prahalad Mahato and Mangla Kumari with a 9mm pistol and levy posters, were arrested from the Garupiri forest area on the border of Angara PS and Namkum PS here on Saturday.
Two others, Kaleshwar Mahato and Surendar Mahato, were detained but later released after interrogation and proper verification by police as they had no links to the Maoists.
Kumar, however, said they are prepared for the bandh and preparations have been done to prevent any untoward incident in the district. "We have asked police in the rural areas to tighten vigil and regular patrolling will be done on the national and state highways," said Kumar.
Meanwhile, police on Monday intensified search in the forest areas of Angara, Namkum and Rahe blocks to look for the Maoists injured in the police encounter early on Sunday.
"We have specific information through our sources and villagers that at least four Maoists have succumbed to bullet injuries. But their bodies were taken away by the other members of the squad while one body has been recovered," the SSP said.TOI