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Seven Salboni blast accused, three in their teens, will be in police custody

The seven accused, who were allegedly involved in the Salboni blast were produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate...

Written by Expressnewsservice | Kolkata | November 5, 2008 6:19:46 am

The seven accused, who were allegedly involved in the Salboni blast were produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), West Midnapore on Tuesday. The CJM, Narendranath Das Gupta, remanded them in police custody for 10 days.

After the explosion, the Salboni police had raided the local hideouts and arrested six persons on Sunday night. Another arrest was made on Monday.

Gopal Karamnga (45), Dipak Pratihar(37), Gautam Patra, Buddhadeb Patra and Eban Murumu were arrested from different villages of Lalgarh in West Midnapore, a stronghold of the Maoists, nearly 35 km from Salboni.

Among the five, three are school students. Another two — Lakhiram Murmu and Sahadeb Mahato — were arrested from a nearby village of Birbhanpur.

Gautam, Buddhadeb and Eban — all aged between 16 to 17 years — are students in Lalgarh. While Buddhadeb is a student of Class VIII, Gautam is a student of Class IX and Eban of Class VII.

Charges of undertaking anti-national activities, possessing illegal explosives and hatching a conspiracy to organise an attack on the convoy of the chief minister have been brought against the seven accused.

Public Prosecutor Ardhendu Saha said all the accused were involved with the CPI-Maoist group and carrying on their activities for a long time. “Except the students, the four others had visited the base of the Maoist camp at Jharkhand,” he added.

Lakhiram and Sahadeb were arrested in 2006 for their involvement in a blast allegedly masterminded by the Maoists.

A chargesheet was filed against Lakhiram and Sahadeb, but were released on bail, said the public prosecutor. Dipak Pratihar was also arrested in April by the Lalgarh police but was later released on bail.

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