Friday, November 13, 2009

Maoist's' family demand trial

TNN 12 November 2009, 10:10pm IST

SAMBALPUR: Family of an arrested suspected Maoist of Ranigola village in Deogarh district, staged a dharna in front of ADM (Deogarh)'s office on
Thursday, demanding a speedy and fair trial for the accused. He was reportedly arrested two years ago.

They accused the administration of unnecessarily delaying the trial. They, however, called off their stir when the ADM assured them of immediate action.

Sources said, in July 2007, Maoist killed three villagers in Ranigola, accusing them of being police informers. Police then arrested nine villagers, suspecting them of being Maoists and remanded them in Deogarh Jail. However, after a few
months, police shifted them to Sambalpur Jail, citing security reasons at Deogarh Jail.

"After taking them to Sambalpur, police made no attempts to bring them to court in Deogarh. We requested the police on several occasions to expedite the trial, but to no avail," a family member said.

"They were innocent. They had no connection with the Maoists or their activities. They were implicated," another member said. "I have spoken to the SP to make necessary arrangements for their appearance before the court in Deogarh. The matter will be taken up seriously," ADM (Deogarh) Bhabagrahi Sarangi said.

All the nine accused villagers are being housed at Sambalpur Circle Jail went on a fast on Thursday and refused to take food till evening, in protest against the injustice. "On our request, they took food in the evening," the superintendent of Sambalpur Circle Jail B B Dharua said.

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