Friday, May 08, 2009

Woman Maoist arrested

7 May 2009, 2316 hrs IST, TNN

HAZARIBAG: Shanti Devi (35), an active Maoist Mahila Morcha member, was arrested by a team from Hazaribag Mufassil police station following a
tip-off received by Hazaribag SP.

Producing the arrested activist at a press conference here on Thursday, Hazaribag SP Pankaj Kamboj said Shanti joined the Maoist organization around four years ago on coming into contact with Churchu-Jhumra Pahar area (of Hazaribag and Bokaro districts) Maoist commander Dharmendra following the death of her husband, Sahdeo Tiwari. The SP added that Shanti was used for spying on police movement and to pass items required by Maoists.

Shanti told newsmen how she and other women Maoist members were sexually harassed by their male colleagues at regular intervals and on refusal, they were tortured. Dharmendra even raped her several times. She also confessed how were forced to take up arms and provided training for killing police personnel. The SP said though no arms were recovered from her possession, the police recovered some incriminating documents, including an LIC receipt issued against Rs 36,000 she deposited in cash in April. Shanti kept mum when the SP asked how she got such a huge amount of money for investing in LIC.

Kamboj later said that investigations would continue about how money was deposited in LIC.

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