Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Orphanage worker Padma is booked for waging war

TNN, Nov 17, 2010, 04.21am IST

PARVATHIPURAM/KORAPUT: The Koraput police filed criminal conspiracy cases against Kandula Sireesha alias Padma, wife of top Maoist leader Ramakrishna alias RK, and three of her associates who were arrested in Dudari forest area in Naryanapatna block on Sunday afternoon.

They were booked under section of 120-B (waging war against state) of Criminal Conspiracy Act, sections 18, 20 of Unlawful Activities (amendment) Act, section 17 of Criminal Law Amendment Act (propagating financing, supplying either direct or indirect waging war against governments of India and Orissa), sections 121, 121 A of IPC (waging war against government and state) and sections 122 and 124 of IPC.

Nihar Ranjan Nayak, advocate of Padma and others, told TOI that he would be filing a bail petition on Thursday as Wednesday is a holiday for the court on account of Bakrid. "If the sessions court rejects our bail petition, we would move a petition in the higher courts," he said.

Civil rights activist and former Virasam president G Kalyana Rao met Padma, his wife's sister, at the Koraput central prison on Tuesday evening. Kalyana Rao claimed that Padma was arrested near Saluru on November 10. "Naxal Iswari of Vizag was arrested on Nov. 12 somewhere near Saluru by the Andhra police," he said. They were shifted to Viziangaram for two days for interrogation and later handed over to the Orissa police. "While shifting Iswari from Saluru to Vizianagaram, the cops blindfolded her and even beat her up," he alleged.

Earlier, speaking in Visakhapatnam, Kalyana Rao said Padma was not connected with the activities of Maoist party. "She was only going to meet her ailing husband. There is no law which prevents a wife from meeting her ailing husband," he said. He said there were no cases against Padma or the arrested persons who were accompanying her.

Padma, who studied up to Intermediate, was brought up by Kalyana Rao and his wife and as recently as two weeks back Padma visited Kalyana Rao's house in Prakasam district, sources said. Kalyana Rao asserted that she had always been with them or in Hyderabad where she worked in an orphanage.

He said Padma's son Prithvi was also nurtured by him during his early years. Asked about the photographs of Padma in militia fatigues, he said it was possible that her photo in those pictures might have been morphed.

Meanwhile, a police station was set on fire by the Maoists in Koraput district in protest against the arrest of Padma. Over 40 Maoists ransacked the Kakirigumma police station late on Monday night and set on fire records and torched a police jeep. The guerrillas also damaged furniture.


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