Saturday, February 27, 2010

Cops claim Maoist books found in Naxalite’s home, landlord differs

Lalmani Verma Posted online: Monday , Feb 22, 2010 at 0629 hrs

Lucknow : Even as the police claim to have recovered books on Maoist activities and provocative anti-government pamphlets from the Hasanganj residence of alleged Maoist Kripashanker alias Manoj, his landlord claims the police team did not even enter the room.
“They made inquiries about Manoj and took my signature on a blank paper. No one entered the room,” Maksood Khan, the landlord, told The Indian Express.

Manoj, who lived in the crowded Makkaganj locality in Lucknow with his wife, Pushpa, was arrested from Kanpur on February 8.

Khan said Manoj paid advance rent on the 28th of every month. He has already paid the rent for February. He added that Manoj was last seen here on February 5, two days after which his wife also left the place.

While the police claim he was a technical expert of Uttar Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand Special Area Committee (3USAC) of the Maoists, his neighbours say Manoj and his wife were the “academic types” mostly seen reading books.

“They were good by nature, but generally kept to themselves. They came out of the room to fetch water from the common pump, otherwise most of the time they stayed inside or were seen reading books,” said Neeraj Verma, a neighbour.

Verma added: “Ten days ago, three unidentified men came here, opened the room and left after 10 minutes. One of the three men later accompanied the police team that raided the room on Friday night.”

The couple hired the room on rent on September 28, identifying themselves as Manoj Kumar Singh of Paina village in Deoria, and Pushpa Singh. The duo claimed that they were working as Shikshamitra in Deoria and had come to Lucknow for the medical treatment of a relative. Some people reportedly accompanied a girl to their place a month ago. The girl is said to have undergone surgery at CSM Medical University, it is learnt.

A team led by Samir Saurabh, CO of Babupurwa in Kanpur, raided the room based on information provided by Krispashanker during interrogation. Babupurwa CO Samir Saurabh, meanwhile, added that they had no information about Pushpa or her involvement in any Naxal activity.

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