Kerala: Swiss man held for ‘Naxal links’ seeks bail

The SP said police have not made any attempt to contact the Swiss Embassy to get details about Baud.

By: Express News Service | Thiruvananthapuram | Published:August 1, 2014 12:55 am

Swiss national Jonathan Baud, who was jailed on charges of visa irregularities, moved a bail petition in a magistrate court in Thrissur on Thursday. He was arrested on Monday night from Triprayar in Thrissur after attending a public meeting held to commemorate a suspected Maoist leader Sinoj, who died in a blast last month.

Police tried to project Baud, a researcher at the University of Geneva, as a suspected Maoist activist on finding Left literature on his hotel premises. He was charged under section 14 (b) of Foreigners Act.

Thrissur SP N Vijayakumaran said, “We have not got any evidence to show his Maoist links. He came to know about the event through a newspaper report. On Friday, police would seek his custody from the court, and if granted, Baud would be taken to other places in Kerala where he stayed.”

The SP said police have not made any attempt to contact the Swiss Embassy to get details about Baud.

C A Ajithan, one of the organisers of the meeting, said Baud had only introduced himself as Mathews, a Swiss researcher on the Left movement when he came to attend the event uninvited.

“Baud was sitting among the audience. Excited by the crowd, he even stated long live revolution. How could that be violation of visa condition?’’ said Ajithan.  An official from the Swiss Consulate in Mumbai has reached Kodungaloor in connection with the case.

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