Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Maoists with arms nabbed in Munger

MIDNAPORE, April 1: Three suspected Maoists were intercepted in Goaltore, West Midnapore carrying arms in a private car to Lalgarh from Munger in Bihar early today.The trio were identified as Bikash Mahato of Binpur, Inul Khan of Lalgarh and Saiful Rahaman of Munger.

A large quantity of arms, bomb-making materials and literatures belonging to the outfit were seized. The three men were charged under Section 121/121A/122/123 and 124A of the IPC and Section 25/27 and 35 of the Arms Act. They were produced before the judicial magistrate in West Midnapore today, who remanded them to 14 days in police custody.

Meanwhile, three days after the CPI-M declared that they would offer their full support to the Police Santras Birodhi Public Committee (PSBPC) and promised to fight in the latter’s battle over the Lalgarh issue, the PSBPC leader Mr Chhattradahr Mahato changed tack. He denied the presence of any Maoist leader at their rally at Simulpal in Belpahari on 29 March. This was despite the fact that he had repeatedly called the Maoist spokesman Gourmohan Chakraborty, and several other leaders involved in the mass movement for democratic values, to come over to the dais during the rally. Briefing the press, the Maoists declared in unequivocal terms that they would give “all-out support and cooperation to the PSBPC and build up counter-resistance,” if necessary, in their fight against police operations in Lalgarh on the eve of the Lok Sabha polls. n SNS

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