Friday, April 16, 2010

Varsity teacher, students detained for visiting Maoist area

Press Trust Of India
Jamshedpur, April 16, 2010
First Published: 14:48 IST(16/4/2010)
Last Updated: 14:55 IST(16/4/2010)

A six-member group from Delhi University, including a professor and five students, were detained for some time for moving around in Maoist-hit Gurabandha area of East Singhbhum in Jharkhand, a senior police officer said on Friday.The group, which included three female students, visited two to three villages in the area and interacted with locals on Thursday when they were detained by the police, Sub-Divisional Police Officer (Ghatsila) Anup Birtheray said.

The members claimed they came to the village to see for themselves the alleged displacement of locals in the area due to mining activities.However, Birtheray said there were no mining activities in the area. The group included three PhD researchers and a Miranda House professor, were allowed to go after interrogators were satisfied with their response, he said.

They were, however, asked not to venture in the Naxal-affected areas without informing district administration.

While the group claimed to have come to Ranchi on the invitation of the human rights group People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) a couple of days back, a senior member of the rights group and its former General Secretary Nishan Akhilesh said they did not have anything to do with the team. Further, the PUCL did not hold any conference in Ranchi recently, Akhilesh added.

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