The state government has moved seven prominent Maoist leaders from Midnapore correctional home to different jails in th estate following reports that they were plotting to escape from jail.
The Maoists include PCAPA chief Chhatradhar Mahato,Maoists state committee members Sudip Chongdar and Kalpana Maity,Maoist sympathisers Raja Sarkhel and Parsun Chatterjee,and PCAPA leader Sukhsanti Baskey.
PCAPA or Peoples Committee Against Police Atrocities is the frontal organisation of the CPI-Maoists.
Additional Director General (ADG),Prison,Ranveer Kumar said: According to our internal assessment,these seven Maoists were hatching a plot to flee from the jail. They had been staying together in the correctional home for a long time. We have decided to separate them for sometime and send them to different correctional homes today.
While Mahato was Wednesday removed to Lipore central jail,Chongdar and Baskey were sent to Dum Dum central correctional homes in the city. Mahato,Chongdar and Baskey are residents of West Midnapore.
Chatterjee,a resident of Kolkata,and Maity were transferred to Purulia correctional home while Sarkhel,of Kolkata,is now in Hooghly correctional home.
All seven are implicated under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
Niyati Mahato,wife of Chhatradhar Mahato,said she will file a case against the state government. My husband was in the (Midnapore) prison for five years. This is a conspiracy by the state government,it does not want locals to meet my husband. He has been granted bail in most of the cases. But the UAPA case is being deliberately delayed, she said.