Friday, September 7, 2007

Two arrested Maoist leaders remanded in police custody

Kolkata, September 6: Two Maoist leaders and two supporters, arrested on Saturday from Jhauboni village, were remanded in police custody on Wednesday. A huge cache of arms was also recovered from them.

Maoist activists, in the guise of members of the Mazdur Krishak Sangram Samiti (MKSS), are involved in a door-to-door campaign to motivate youngsters and strengthening their organisation.

Acting on a tip-off, the district police recently launched a drive and arrested them.

Using sniffer dogs, the police and seized a huge cache of arms, including sophisticated revolvers, two rifles, 13 rounds of ammunition and 10 socket bombs.

Besides, posters, leaflets and banned literature were also seized, Naoda police said.

Following the arrest, police and the district administration have embarked on a concrete game plan to identify the hideouts of Maoists and arrest them, said sources at the district magistrate's office.

Superintendent of Police, Murshidabad, Rahul Srivastava, said, "This is a rare instance when socket bombs were recovered from them. They usually don't use socket bombs."

Reshma Biwi (20), Idris Seikh (28), both self-styled action squad area members, Javeda Biwi and Morful Seikh, who had provided shelter to the leaders, have admitted their links with the Maoists and the People's War Group, he said.

Reshma and Idris had also agreed to their involvement in murders, extortions, snatching of muskets from cops and setting fire to CPM party office in the district.

A month ago, police had arrested some Maoist activists from the district.

They had informed the police about Reshma and Idris.

Police had made sketches of the two and circulated them to all police stations in the district.

"The Maoists had started their activities in the district long ago but the police was unable to trace them as they called themselves MKSS members. They were arrested as they have recently started providing arms training to people," said a senior intelligence officer. Their involvement in illegal poppy cultivation has also been detected.

They were entering Murshidabad from Nadia district, the officer said.

They were reportedly trying to take control of the area by exploiting the poor villagers and were minting money to fund their activities.

Kolkatta News

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