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Mahato charged under the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act

Posted by Admin on September 28, 2009


Chhatradhar Mahato at Jhargram court on Sunday. Mahato has been charged under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. Picture by Samir Mondal

Chhatradhar Mahato at Jhargram court on Sunday. Mahato has been charged under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. Picture by Samir Mondal

JHARGRAM: People’s Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA) leader Chhatradhar Mahato, who was arrested on Saturday, has been charged with
sedition and remanded in five days’ police custody. He also faces charges under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

A grim looking Mahato was produced before the Jhargram assistant chief judicial magistrate on Sunday, along with eight suspected Maoists arrested from Kantapahari and Kumarbandh on Saturday. No civilians, including journalists, were allowed into the court premises that was ringed by heavily armed securitymen.

Koushik Sinha and Prashanta Roy, counsels for the accused, claimed police had tortured Chhatradhar and the eight others so badly that they were unable to walk properly. The prosecution, however, argued that they were injured when they ‘‘fell down while trying to escape’’. Chhatradhar has been charged under various of the UAPA and is accused of raising fund for a terrorist organization, attempting to murder members of security forces and conspiring against the state to create terror. He also faces charges under IPC like sedition, waging war against the state, etc. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mhato’s Arrest gives Lalgarh a deserted look

Posted by Admin on September 28, 2009


lalgarh_20090706Kolkata A day after Chhattradhar Mahato, leader of the People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA) was arrested, Lalgarh wore a deserted look on Sunday with shops and business establishments closed after Maoists called a bandh in the area.

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The Maoists who abducted two constables of the state armed police last night, demanding the release of Mahato, however remain untraced even as the security forces launched combing operations in various parts of the area today.

“There is no doubt that Mahato is an important leader for the Maoists. They abducted two constables last night and demanded the release of Mahato. Moreover, the Maoists have called a bandh in protest against Mahato’s arrest,” said Manoj Verma, Superintendent of Police, West Midnapore, who is leading the joint forces. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lalgarh: Mahato Remanded to Police Custody Till Oct 1

Posted by Admin on September 27, 2009


chatradharmahatobigTribal leader Chhatradhar Mahato, who was arrested yesterday near Lalgarh where he had been leading an agitation against alleged police excesses since last November, was today remanded to police custody by a special court till October 1.

The Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate also remanded eight others, arrested yesterday, to police custody till that date. The eight include persons arrested along with Mahato and those held during planting of a landmine at Katapahari.

Mahato, an alleged ally of the Maoists, was booked for three offences, including setting fire to Jhargram police outpost and torching of several other police stations.

Mahato, chief of the People’s Committee against Police Atrocities, who had evaded police arrest ever since he started the anti-police stir in Lalgarh in West Midnapore district, was caught at Pirka, near Lalgarh, while he was giving an interview to a journalist who was followed by policemen posing as TV journalists.

Mahato, who was kept in the Midnapore Police Lines after his arrest yesterday, was brought to Jhargram amid tight security this morning.

Initially, he was taken to Jhargram police station from where he was taken to the court around noon. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chhatradhar Mahato’s arrest: – Cops in media garb draw criticism

Posted by Admin on September 27, 2009


27mahato1.jpgOUR CORRESPONDENT

Midnapore, Sept. 26: Interview over, the “reporter” pulled out a revolver and pointed it at Lalgarh tribal leader Chhatradhar Mahato.

Two police officers disguised as journalists “from Singapore” today arrested the spearhead of the Lalgarh agitation at last, one holding him at gunpoint while the other grabbed him from behind.

The head of the Maoist-backed People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities had “eluded” the cops for nearly three months while moving freely around Lalgarh, giving sundry media interviews and even appearing on TV.

It was apparently one interview too many he gave at his hideout near his home village of Amlia in Lalgarh today. Maoist guerrilla chief Kishanji told The Telegraph the police had tried to trap him the same way but he had rejected their request for an interview and thus had had a “narrow escape”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chhatradhar Mahato’s Arrest: Maoists call Nationwide bandh on Oct 3

Posted by Admin on September 26, 2009


Chhatradhar Mahato1Kolkata, Sep 26 (PTI) The CPI (Maoist) tonight gave a call for a 24-hour country-wide bandh on October three in protest against the arrest of tribal leader Chhatradhar Mahato, who was spearheading agitations in Lalgarh area.

Terming the manner of the arrest as “unethical”, top Maoist leader Kishenji told PTI over phone, “The police disguised as journalists have arrested Chhatradhar and that is not only unethical but it also puts a question mark on the intergrity and honesty of the mediaperson in general.”

Kishenji, speaking from an undisclosed location, said, “The incident happened as we have always maintained a very good relation with the media and the police have taken the advantage of our faith.”

Earlier Mahato, the leader of People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA), was arrested from Pirka near Lalgarh when he was preparing to give an interview to a journalist, who was trailed by the police.

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Let Us Raise Our Voice for Unconditional Release of Chaatradhar Mahato

Posted by Admin on September 26, 2009


14laluToday police has arrested Chaatradhar Mahato, the popular leader of People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA) of Lalgarh. Police conducted an operation in disguise of journalists of Singapore TV. Shortly after engaging Mr. Mahato in a so called ‘phone in’ at Singapore TV, they arrested Mr. Mahato.

Chhatradhar Mahato has been leading the popular movement against state repression in Lalgarh since November last year. Their democratic demands attracted many people of different strata of the society and enjoyed mass-support. Actually it is the movement which has drawn in the mainstream media the issue of severe inhuman condition where people of Junglemahal including Lalgarh have to live. Condition of the people of Lalgarh after three decades of ‘leftist rule’ in West Bengal has opened the eye of the people. Arrest of Mr. Mahato can not make the end of the movement led by PCAPA.

Leading a democratic movement is not a crime in a civilized society. Rather ignoring the democratic and justified demands of the people of Lalgarh and PCAPA, the government has proved its anti-people and undemocratic character. Today, arresting Mr. Mahato, a leader of mass-movement it has once again showed its fascist face. His arrest shows that not a single progressive-democratic movement will be spared.

Let us raise our voice demanding unconditional release of Mr. Mahato.
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Lalgarh tribal leader Chatrodhar Mahato arrested

Posted by Admin on September 26, 2009


A file picture of Mr. Chatradhar Mahato, the convenor of Peoples' Committee against Police Atrocities talking to the villagers at Daintikri village near Lalgarh. Photo: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury A file picture of Mr. Chatradhar Mahato, the convenor of Peoples’ Committee against Police Atrocities talking to the villagers at Daintikri village near Lalgarh.

KOLKATA: Elusive tribal leader Chhatradhar Mahato, spearheading an agitation since November last year against alleged police atrocities at
Lalgarh in West Midnapore district, was arrested on Saturday. ( Watch Video )

Mahato, the leader of People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA), was arrested from Pirka near Lalgarh when he was preparing to give an interview to a journalist, who was trailed by the police, a top police official said.

The tribal leader, who had been giving regular interviews to local television news channels when the anti-Maoist operations by central para-military forces and the state police at Lalgarh began on June 19, had gone underground shortly afterwards.

The tribals under him had “liberated” Lalgarh and had free run for nine months with the police withdrawing from camps before the central forces and the local police recaptured the areas from the grip of Maoists, who were assisting the tribal agitation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lalgarh: Maoists put up three condition for peace talk

Posted by Admin on September 24, 2009


19june27r copy LalgarhmKOLKATA: The banned CPI (Maoist), which is leading a movement in Lalgarh and the entire Jangalmahal zone for the past one year, has put up three
key conditions for joining talks with the Left Front government in West Bengal.

Maoist politburo member in charge of West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar and Orissa, Kishenji alias Koteswar Rao told ET on Thursday they would not mind holding talks with the government, but on three conditions.

“We want the immediate withdrawal of joint forces from Lalgarh and the entire Jangalmahal area, want unconditional release of 60-odd women who were arrested from Lalgarh and the release of those poor villagers who were implicated falsely in various criminal cases,” Kishenji said on Thursday.

The Maoist leader, however, ruled out the possibility of surrendering arms to pave the way for a dialogue with the state government. Chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and CPIM state secretary Biman Bose had earlier urged the Maoists to surrender arms and give up the path of killings to hold talks with the government.

“How can we surrender arms ? We believe in an armed revolution and it is impossible for us to give up arms. The CPIM is asking us to surrender arms knowing fully well our political ideology of armed struggle. The CPIM believes in parliamentary democracy. Will it be possible for them to shun the path of parliamentary democracy ?,” asked the fugitive Maoist leader. Read the rest of this entry »

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CPI M set up Salwa Judum model anti maoist squads in Lalgarh Area

Posted by Admin on September 23, 2009


CPI M office: Fortified arms training centre

CPI M office: Fortified arms training centre

Mystery shrouds body count after Lalgarh encounter

ENAYETPUR (WEST MIDNAPORE): How many were killed in the gunbattle on Monday night is still a mystery. While the firing was on, CPI(Maoist) politburo member and military strategist Koteswar Rao alias Kishanji claimed that they have gunned down at least 10 armed CPM cadres. But on Tuesday morning, CPM leaders rubbished the claim. They did not even mention the three injured cadres whom police “officially” shifted from the CPM office for treatment.

CPM’s defensive tactics resembled the Salwa Judum programme in Chhattisgarh. The fightback came as a boost to CPM cadres, some of whom had severed ties with the party in fear of Maoist terror in Jangalmahal, comprising West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia. Read the rest of this entry »

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Left front ally, Forward Bloc demand dialogue with Maoists in Lalgarh

Posted by Admin on September 23, 2009


19june27r copy LalgarhmOUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT

Calcutta, Sept. 22: Left Front ally Forward Bloc has asked the state government to hold talks with the Maoists, probably worried by the CPM mobilisation to resist the guerrilla offensive in West Midnapore.

Bloc general secretary Debabrata Biswas said: “Our reservation about the joint security operation continues as it failed to contain the Maoist insurgents. The Left Front must accept the ground reality that the Maoists had gained some local support because of our mistakes and failures. Poor tribals who had no land or right to forest produce or benefits of development have now rallied behind them.’’

“Armed clashes between the CPM and the Maoists will only take more toll on poor people on both sides. The front should call for a political solution through dialogue and the Maoists, too, must come forward to take part in it,’’ he added.

Asked if the Bloc would take the initiative for a dialogue, Biswas lobbed the ball to the CPM. “Being in the leadership of the front, the CPM should take the initiative.’’

Both the CPM and the government had ruled out talks with the Maoists unless they shunned violence while the rebels wanted the withdrawal of the security forces first. TT

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Maoists, CPM exchange fire, 10 Killed

Posted by Admin on September 22, 2009


LAL_630_4OUR CORRESPONDENT

Midnapore, Sept. 21: Two CPM activists were seriously injured when armed Maoists and a resistance group mostly of the Left party’s cadres exchanged fire for about four hours in West Midnapore this evening.

Maoist leader Kishanji later claimed that 10 CPM activists had died in the encounter in Enayetpur, about 10km from Midnapore town, but police did not confirm any deaths.

“At least 10 CPM cadres have been killed in the encounter. I invite Dipak Sarkar (the district secretary of the CPM in West Midnapore) to come and see the condition of the armed cadres of his party. We have surrounded the CPM office in Manidaha in which about 150 armed CPM men are holed up. If the men do not surrender their weapons, we will blow up the party office,” he said. Manidaha is about 5km from Enayetpur. Read the rest of this entry »

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Doctor arrested in Lalgarh

Posted by Admin on September 19, 2009


Aug 18 LalgarhMaoist link doc arrested  OUR CORRESPONDENT

Midnapore, Sept. 18: Jatin Pratihar, a homoeopath whom the police had been looking for since the completion of their circle of domination in Lalgarh, was arrested today.

The police have been tightlipped about how they arrested Pratihar. An officer only said Pratihar was nabbed in his hideout in Lalgarh early this morning.

Pratihar, 52, was the first person the security forces started looking for when they marched to Kantapahari on June 29 having completed the circle of domination.

The man who the police believe collected funds for Maoists and also sheltered rebels in his Kantapahari home, was last seen giving drinking water to some jawans near his two-storey house. Read the rest of this entry »

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