Alleged Naxalite Hem Mishra, arrested two years ago by the Gadchiroli police, was released on bail on Tuesday. Dressed in a pair of jeans and blue check shirt, Mishra came out of the Central Prison here after the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court granted him bail on August 4.
The bail was due after Mishra spent two years in jail, which is two-third of the punishment that an accused facing trial can get under Section 39 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (aiding and abetting terrorist activity of banned outfit) as per Supreme Court guidelines.
Mishra was arrested at Aheri bus stand when he was allegedly in transit to the jungle hideout of some senior Naxal leaders to pass on some communication. He was apprehended with a microchip.
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The material had allegedly been given to him by Delhi University professor G N Saibaba, who was also later arrested by the police from New Delhi. Saibaba is now out on bail owing to his deteriorating health conditions.
After Mishra, the police had also arrested Prashant Rahi, also accused of being a Naxal courier. He was released on bail a few months ago.
All three are facing trial in a Gadchiroli court.
“The trial is already on and is coming to evidence stage soon. The next hearing is scheduled for September 19,” Ravindra Kadam, Inspector General of Police (Nagpur Range), told The Indian Express.