Sunday, November 14, 2010

Clue to kidnapped cop found in Maoist camp

TNN, Nov 15, 2010, 03.50am IST

PURULIA/MIDNAPORE: The duo abducted by the Maoists Partha Biswas and Saumyajit Basu might have been kept captive at the Mugurma camp in Purulia's Ayodhya hills till recently.

Two days after an encounter between the Red rebels and security forces at Mugurma left two ultras dead, an official document belonging to Biswas, a State Armed Police inspector on deputation to the Intelligence Branch, was found among the materials seized by the police from the abandoned camp. The paper bore the signature of the Purulia SP, with the date October 13, which was nine days before Biswas and his friend Basu went mysteriously missing during a trip to Ayodhya hills.

Two days back, an encounter broke out at the Maoists' Mugurma camp in Ayodhya hills. After two of their comrades fell to the security forces' bullets, the remaining ultras fled. They left behind blankets, diaries, bags, posters and Maoist literature.

For the last two days, the district police were busy with the preparation for chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee's public meeting at Balarampur on Sunday afternoon. Finally, when they were rummaging through the contents of the bags on Sunday, they found the document.

The family members of the missing duo have sat on a dharna at Metro Channel, met chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee separately and made repeated appeals for the safe return of the two. But there has been no trace of the duo so far.

"The finding has reconfirmed our suspicion that Maoists were behind the abduction," a senior officer said.

Later on Sunday, in Shirshi village near Midnapore town, two supporters of the Maoist-backed People's Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA) were found dead. PCPA has blamed the murders on the CPM. Nibaran Singh and Sushil Mahato, both hailing from Beldanga, were shot dead.

Read more: Clue to kidnapped cop found in Maoist camp - The Times of India

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