Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Central Act to be used only against Maoists

First Published : 01 Jul 2009 12:12:52 AM ISTLast Updated :

KOLKATA: The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act to contain Maoists would be used with care and only against those directly involved in Naxal activities, the West Bengal Government said on Tuesday. "The Central Act will be used carefully and only against those confirmed involved in Maoist activities," Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen told reporters.

"The new Act would only be applied against confirmed Maoist activists like Bikash, Sashadhar and Kishenji," he said.

"PCPA leader Chhatradhar Mahato is also not connected with Maoists and will be arrested only under provisions of the IPC," Sen said.

Earlier, CPI(Maoist) spokesman had been booked under the Act.

The state government, therefore, has decided to withdraw the case under the new Act against two tribals arrested for planting mines near Sarenga in Bankura district.

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