Raipur: A mobile phone has been seized from Maoist leader Narayan Sanyal who has been imprisoned at the Bilaspur Central Jail for almost two years, police officials said Thursday.
Police alleged that the 70-year-old Sanyal alias Vijay Dada, who was arrested in January 2006, started the use of landmines by Maoist cadres. He is the lone surviving contemporary of Charu Majumdar who began the violent Maoist movement at Naxalbari in West Bengal in 1967.
"We seized a mobile phone from Sanyal Wednesday. When a jail staff spotted a mobile set in Sanyal's hand, the Maoist leader immediately hid the phone in his clothes but we seized it," Pradeep Gupta, superintendent of police of Bilaspur district, told IANS.
Sanyal is facing charges of masterminding an attack on former Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu in October 2003 and the escape of prisoners from Bihar's Jehanabad jail in November 2005. He has also been accused of being involved in about 10 other terror attacks across the country.
"The mobile set has no SIM card and I believe that the Maoist leader had taken it out immediately from the set when the staff spotted and hidden it somewhere," Gupta said.
"We even performed a X-ray test soon after the recovery of the mobile set amid speculation that he had swallowed the SIM card but found nothing," the police officer added.