Sunday, February 24, 2008

Arrested CPI (Maoist) leader was active in 4 states

Kolkata, Feb 24: Senior CPI (Maoist) leader Somen, arrested last evening, was wanted in connection with several cases of killings and other subversive activities in West Bengal and neighbouring Orissa, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.

The police also seized from him arms and gelatin sticks, a senior police official said.

"Somen, general secretary of West Bengal unit of CPI (Maoist) has been interrogated by the CID last night and we have found his involvement in numerous subversive activities and killings," Additional Director General of CID, Vupinder Singh said.

"We have seized a large number of banned literature, threat letters, anti-nationalist documents, arms and gelatin sticks from him. After interrogating him we have made several raids in the district" Singh said.

Singh also said "he was involved in training the younger ones. He is the mastermind behind several Maoist actions in the state and in neighbouring Jharkhand, Orissa and Chattisgarh".

Asked whether the CID has found any links between Somen and recent attacks by Naxals in Nayagarh district of Orissa, Singh said, "at present we are not in a position to say this specifically but we will definitely try to find out".

Somen was today remanded police custody till March 7 by a Barasat court in North 24 Parganas district.

Somen and his aide Deba were arrested from Hridaypur station last evening.

After the arrest, the two were taken to Badu and Madhyamgram, both in the district for inquiry, and finally to Bhavani Bhavan, the CID headquarters in Kolkata.

Somen, who held the post of general secretary of the state unit of the party for the last three years started his political career with the CPI(M).

He later joined the erstwhile people's war group, which took the present shape of the party after its merger with other naxalite outfits.

Deba was produced in Sreerampore court and he was also remanded to police custody.

Bureau Report

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