Friday, August 31, 2007

Malda court acquits Maoist leader

Statesman News Service
MALDA, Aug 30: The Malda court today acquitted Maoist leader Mr Animesh Chakraborty of all charges brought against him by the Malda police. The learned judge Mr Tapan Sinha released him along with 11 others in a verdict at the fast track court.

The Darjeeling district police had arrested Mr Chakrabarty from the Naxalbari area in Siliguri sub-division three years ago. He was in jail custody in Siliguri and then transferred to Malda in connection with several cases. Later he was transferred to West Midnapore jail in connection with Maoist activity and the Belpahari blast cases.

The charges against him included 'waging war against the state.'Mr Chakrabarty had been agitating inside the Malda jail campus as well on various issues and demand for political prisoner status.

His lawyer Mr Goutam Mukherjee today claimed: "The police have failed to substantiate the charges brought against Mr Chakrabarty. Neither could they prove the anti-state activity or murder charges against him. Today's verdict shows Animesh is innocent."
Happy with his release Mr Chakrabarty later said: "The police used unlawful means to frame me. They also tried to confine me within the prison walls for as long as they could but their efforts have failed."

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