Sunday, August 28, 2005

Pratighatana CPI (ML) top gun arrested?

Sunday August 28 2005 12:46 IST

HYDERABAD: Cracking down on Naxal groups other than the Maoists, the police on Saturday allegedly picked up CPI (ML) Pratighatana state secretary Prasad alias Mohan Reddy and his wife in the agency areas near Bhadrachalam in Khammam district.

The couple was reportedly shifted to Hyderabad from Bhadrachalam but neither Home Minister K Jana Reddy nor the police officials confirmed the arrest.

Fearing threat from the police to the lives of the couple, CPI (ML) New Democracy State secretary R Subhash Chandra Bose demanded that they be immediately produced in the court.

Illendu MLA G Narasaiah also urged the government to produce Prasad in court.

Meanwhile, representatives of Revolutionary Writers’ Association (Virasam) met Chief Secretary Mohan Kanda at the Secretariat in Hyderabad and submitted a memorandum questioning the government’s action in banning them, along with the CPI (Maoist) and its frontal organisations.

In a related development, Virasam leaders P Vara Vara Rao and G Kalyan Rao were sent to judicial remand for 14 days by the first Class Munsif Court Magistrate at Jadcherla in Mahboobnagar district.

Both the writers are already in jail in a different case.

On Saturday, they were produced before the magistrate at Jadcherla in a case booked against him in connection with the killing of a constable Prakash attached to Balanagar police station.

Maoists killed Prakash in an attack on the Balanagar police station on March 18.

According to Shadnagar CI Sunkara Satyanarayana, six persons were named accused in the killing -- three unidentified Maoists belonging to Midgil dalam, Varavara Rao, Kalyan Rao and balladeer Gaddar.

When the two revolutionary writers were produced in the court, they took exception to the police naming them as accused in the case and arresting them for an incident that took place over five months ago.

CI Satyanarayana said that after securing ample evidence, the police would also arrest balladeer Gaddar in connection with the case.

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