Monday, February 08, 2010

For fifth time in 5 months, Kishenji flees

Express News Service
Posted: Tuesday , Feb 09, 2010 at 0156 hrs

For the fifth time in as many months, top Maoist leader Kishenji has slipped out of the police net.

The joint forces on Sunday night raided a Maoist hideout in Akhanshuli forest near Mathurapur in West Midnapore district, where more than 35 Maoists were reportedly camping. Kishenji was, however, tipped off about the raid and escaped when the forces were a few kilometres away from the hideout, said the police.

The Maoist leader along with his cadres was manufacturing explosives and mortars for the past two days at the Mathurapur camp, the police added.

Police also claimed to have seized two folded tents, mattresses and pillows apart from raw materials used in making explosives, including gunpowder, sulphur and welding machines.

“We have seized two motorbikes, arms and explosives in large quantities. One Buddheswar Mahato was also arrested from near the tents. He has been interrogated and it was revealed that around 35 Maoists, including Kishenji, were staying there for the past two days,” Superintendent of Police, West Midnapore, Manoj Verma said.

The SP also claimed to have seized several letters written by Kishenji from there.

The police also claimed that Prasanta Mahato, the mastermind of the abduction of Sankrail O-C Atindranath Dutta, is in custody for the past two days.

Prasanta, a resident of Baghdoba village, was said to be arrested from Ajnashuli forest and a double-barrel gun, procured by one licence holder, N Mahato, was found in his possession. Mahato had deposited the gun at the Sankrail police station, which was looted by the Maoists during the attack. Verma also claimed to have recovered from Prasanta several documents of the Sankrail branch of State Bank of India, which was looted by the Maoists. A portion of the looted cash has also been recovered from the Maoist, added the SP.

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