Thursday, July 16, 2009

Jharkhand police gets custody of man accused of helping Naxals

PTI 16 July 2009, 08:11pm IST

NEW DELHI: Jharkhand police on Thursday secured custody of a Delhi businessman, accused of supplying electronic equipments to banned Maoists


A police team from Ranchi arrived in the capital and obtained three days police custody of Praveen Sharma from a Delhi court.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sunil Chaudhary allowed the plea of Jharkhand police seeking remand of the accused for his production before a court in Ranchi till July 19.

The court, however, refused to grant transit remand against the accused after Jharkhand police failed to give any production warrant.

Sharma, 50, arrested on July 14 by the Special Cell of Delhi police on a tip-off by Jharkhand police, was produced before the court after a one day judicial custody.

He was arrested under Section 41 (a) of the Criminal Procedure Code, dealing with the power of a police officer to arrest a person, wanted in any cognisable offence, without warrant.

According to the police, the accused, who runs a shop at Palika Bazar here, had supplied walkie-talkie sets, world band radios, a bullet-proof jacket and other equipments to Maoist organisations active in Jharkhand.

Sharma's name was allegedly disclosed by one Naresh Sharma, director of Shankar Constructions Pvt Ltd, who was arrested by Jharkhand police for helping Maoists.

The Jharkhand police claimed that Naresh, a resident of Bulandshahr district in Uttar Pradesh, had made the disclosure statement, stating that the accused had supplied electronic equipments including binoculars to Maoists through him.

Naresh, who runs his construction business in Ranchi, had allegedly disclosed to police that he had come in contact with Praveen after Maoists operatives -- Sandeep and Prashant -- had forced him to obtain electronic items.

Sharma is wanted in a case registered with Chutia police station in Ranchi under various provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

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