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NIA takes up arrest of 5 Maoists in Kerala

The NIA,based on orders of the Ministry of Home Affairs,has started a probe into the arrest of five men of CPI (Maoists) by the Kerala Police

Written by Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi |
May 30, 2013 3:24:52 am

The NIA,based on orders of the Ministry of Home Affairs,has started a probe into the arrest of five men of CPI (Maoists) by the Kerala Police from a lodge in Mavelikkara,Alappuzha district,on December 29,2012. It has also claimed that the banned outfit is recruiting juveniles in Kerala as two minors had also attended the meeting in the lodge. Six mobile phones and a laptop were also seized.

The agency has already registered an FIR alleging that the five men were holding a meeting to carry out subversive activities. The move comes close on the heels of a brutal Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh.

The Kerala police had arrested the men on the charges that they were trying to form a student wing of CPI (Maoist). They were identified as Rajesh of Mavelikkara,Bahuleyan of Njarayilkonam,Devarajan of Kollam,Gopal of Rajilpakkom in Tamil Nadu and Mannur Ajayan.

Gopal is a former scientist at the Indira Gandhi Centre of Atomic Research,Kalpakkam. He was also an activist of the Committee for the Protection of Civil Liberties. All of them were released by a Kerala court as the police failed to produce sufficient evidence. Now the Hyderabad unit of NIA plans to summon the five suspects and record their statements.

The NIA said they will also seek court’s permission to record the statements of the two minors who were let off by the police. The Kerala Police had identified the two minors as daughters of Maoist couple,Roopesh and Shyna. The police had taken them into custody but later released them as they were minors. The girls had later held a press conference in which they alleged that the police mentally tortured them.

Roopesh,former state secretary of CPI (Maoist),and his wife,Shyna,are also under the agency’s watch. According to the NIA,they have been accused of harbouring Malla Raji Reddy,the politburo member of the CPI (Maoist) who was nabbed by the Andhra Pradesh police in 2007.

With inputs from ENS,Thiruvananthapuram

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