Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Narco test for Naxalities in Mumbai

15 May, 2007 l 0249 hrs IST

NAGPUR: Two hardcore naxalites—Murali alias Mahesh alias Ashok Satyam Reddy and Arun Ferriera alias Sanjay Choudhary—may under go narco analysis test at Mumbai's forensic laboratory. The duo was arrested with another two naxals near Deekshabhoomi last Tuesday.

The Nagpur police had filed an application in this regard on Friday before judicial magistrate first class R S Aradhey who is in-charge of court No 2 on the district and sessions court premises in Nagpur.

The court then asked the naxalites' counsels, including Surendra Gadling, Anil Kale, Deepak Kanojia, and Harshal Lingayat, to file their replies.However, the counsels told the court that they couldn't file the reply immediately

since they hadn't received copies of the first information report (FIR), narco-analysis application, documents detailing charges against Murali or information obtained from the pen drive recovered from the naxalites. The police provided the counsels with the required documents on Monday except the information obtained from the pen drive since it is ‘highly confidential.'

During the hearing before third judicial magistrate first class N S Momin on Monday, the counsels for the naxalites pleaded before the court that they would need some more time to file the reply and would submit their replies on March 16. Advocate P Sathianathan appeared for the state government.

The application filed by assistant police commissioner (Sitabuldi division) D D Gawande stated that the naxals who are booked under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) should be subjected to narco-analysis, brain mapping and lie-detector tests, as they were not revealing their original plans and their purpose of coming to the city.