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Another PCPA leader nabbed from Hooghly

Posted by Admin on October 18, 2009

ARAMBAG: A top leader of People’s Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA) was nabbed from his Hooghly hideout on Friday night. Police said
Sibu Murmu was wanted for sedition and murder.

Sibu, the secretary of PCPA’s Bankura wing, had been absconding since the combined forces started operations in Jangalmahal in June. Police said he was sheltered by his elder brother, Shankar Murmu, at the latter’s residence at Dihibagnan Adibasipara in Arambagh.

On Friday night, a joint force of Bankura and Hooghly district police raided the village. Sensing trouble, he tried to flee but was intercepted just outside the village after a chase.

Police claimed Sibu had close links with Maoists active at Bankura’s Sarenga. He was booked for seditious activities and the murder of local CPM leader Krishna Chandra Kundu. Police claimed he was also involved when some miscreants had robbed firearms from police on July 17. He has also been accused of ransacking a stage near the Kansabati canal bank, where police were supposed to organize a meeting.

Sibu was produced in court on Saturday. The additional chief judicial magistrate remanded him in three days’ judicial custody. Though the investigating team pleaded to get him in their custody for further investigation, the magistrate declined to grant the police prayer. Sibu was not, however, charged under UAPA.

"In the past two months, we managed to nab at least 25 senior and influential leaders of the tribal outfit. It is a major setback for them," said a senior police officer.

In a bid to break PCPA’s spine, police are now eagerly looking for three other leaders Sidu Soren, Santosh Mahato and Asit Mahato. Asit and Sidu are still playing a key role in organizing villagers against police.

Meanwhile, CID officers went to jail on Saturday to interrogate Chhatradhar Mahato. "We received some important inputs about the movement of top Maoist leaders from our Jharkhand counterparts. We are cross-checking the information with Chhatradhar," said an investigator. Police suspect that Maoist politburo member Koteswar Rao is now hiding at a village in West Midnapore, close to Jharkhand. "In the past few weeks, Rao had probably gone to some parts of Orissa," said an intelligence officer. TOI


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