Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Top Maoist gets seven-year RI

1 Jul 2009, 0600 hrs IST, Manohar Lal, TNN

RANCHI: Jharkhand police on Monday managed to get top rebel and a Politburo and state committee member of CPI(Maoist), Nathuni Mistri alias PNG,
prosecuted and sentenced to seven years' rigorous imprisonment.

Mistri, who was arrested in April, 2006, from Latehar, was wanted in several cases in Bihar and Jharkhand. Currently lodged in Latehar jail, he shot to fame when a Maoist of his calibre managed to secure bail in one of his cases from the court for want of evidence.

The case in which he was convicted on Tuesday is related to a fierce police encounter that took place in Kero jungle of Ranchi district under Balumath police station. He was convicted under section different sections of IPC, CrPC and CL Act.

Terming it as a major success, Jharkhand police spokesperson and IG (provisions) S N Pradhan said it was a major success for the police in terms of prosecution. "More than 15 cases are pending against him in Bihar and Jharkhand," said Pradhan.

Last month, few Maoists were released for want of evidence and the lackadaisical attitude of police officers after which DGP VD Ram was forced to ask police officers to strengthen the prosecution process and entrusted special branch officers to keep close tabs on the Naxal-related cases.

Even the court had taken a strong stance against the police officers last month and had issued a warrant against Garhwa SP Saket Kumar after he failed to reply on the bail petition moved by one Seraj Ansari.

On May 11, the court of additional judicial commissioner of Ranchi, R B Gupta issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against three officers-in-charge Randhir Kumar, Ravikant Prasad, Ram Pravesh Kumar and circle officer Amit Kumar for failing to appear in the court despite repetitive notices and reminders in a dacoity case.

Similarly on May 12, seven Maoists having affiliation with notorious Kundan Pahan group arrested on December 8 from Bundu-Tamar region for extorting levy were acquitted by the Ranchi district court for want of evidence.

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