Friday, December 21, 2007

Court directive on medical aid to suspected Maoists

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court has directed the Judicial Magistrate of Andipatti in Theni district to oversee the medical treatment given to three suspected Maoists arrested by police on Wednesday.

A Division Bench comprising Justice P.D. Dinakaran and Justice R. Regupathi, passing interim orders passed on a habeas corpus filed by advocate Haribabu, said: “We are of the considered opinion that the immediate medical aid is more necessary than permitting counsel (Government advocate) to get instructions.

“Hence, the respondent-authorities are directed to provide all necessary medical aid to the detenus immediately. The Judicial Magistrate of Andipatti is directed to oversee the medical treatment that would be given to the detenus,” they said.

According to the police, five suspected Maoists were arrested after an encounter on Varusanadu Hills in Theni district on Wednesday. Three of them, injured in the operation, are in the Madurai Government Hospital for treatment.

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