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Suspected Naxals: Minor among labourers arrested

One of the eight MIDC labourers,arrested on the suspicion of being Naxalites in March,is a minor and additional sessions judge N P Dhote has directed the Anti-Terrorism Squad and the prosecution to hand over his case papers to Juvenile Justice Board that will carry out the trial against him.

Written by AADITI JATHAR LAKADE | Published: July 27, 2012 3:34 am

One of the eight MIDC labourers,arrested on the suspicion of being Naxalites in March,is a minor and additional sessions judge N P Dhote has directed the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and the prosecution to hand over his case papers to Juvenile Justice Board that will carry out the trial against him.

Two suspects — Vishwajeet alias Satyajeet Rana and Pintoo alias Tapan Mahato — had moved the court through their lawyers Asim Sarode and Vikas Shinde,seeking transfer of their case to the Juvenile Justice Board on grounds that they were minors.

As per the attested copies of their birth certificates sent by the office of Block Medical Officer of Health (BMOH) of west Midnapur district,Rana was born in 1995 while Mahato was born in 1994. While Rana’s birth year was corroborated by the report submitted by Bagghara Primary School from west Midnapur district,the school stated that Mahato was born on 1993 as against his birth certificate that says he was born in 1994.

‘As per the birth date certificates from the primary school record,Rana was below 18 years while Mahato was above 18 when the alleged offence took place on May 13,2011… The date of birth mentioned in the primary school record is the primary evidence and is considered as an admissible piece,’ the judge observed.

The 10 suspected Naxalites were picked up from Pune’s railway station premises while they were allegedly trying to board Azad Hind Express.

ATS chief Rakesh Maria had identified the men as an “independent group” affiliated to the Sidhu Kanu Dalam. He said some men,including Rabi Hansda (19),allegedly acted as couriers for groups such as the People’s Guerilla Libertaion Army (PGLA).

“The information that we have received also indicates that this is a group of the growing gun militia and they pose a serious concern,” said Maria.

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