Arrested ex-Maoist leader was still active, say police

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Aug 2017 10:07:12


Staff Reporter,

Following any ideology including Maoism is not a crime, says Tusharkanti Bhattacharya’s wife Shoma Sen

Tusharkanti Bhattacharya, former Central Committee Member of banned CPI (Maoist), who was arrested by Gujarat Police on Tuesday, was still active in various activities including the recent farmers’ agitation in Maharashtra, say police.

According to police, Tusharkanti was in charge of Naxalite/Maoist activities Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and North Bihar divisions for some years. In September 2007, Bihar Police arrested him in connection with a four-decade-old Maoist raid on landlords at village Tappalapur (now in Telangana). He was kept lodged at Cherlapally Central Jail in Hyderabad.

Police sources said that Tusharkanti was Commander of Mahadevpuram dalam of erstwhile Peoples War. Settled in Adilabad district, Telangana, Tusharkanti had joined Maoist movement during the reign of radical leader Kondapalli Seetharamaiah. He worked with aliases Shrikant Suryawanshi (for overground activities) and Raghu (for underground activities). He was wanted by Gujarat Police for his activities in tribal areas of Surat, Navsari, and Dangs. Gujarat Police had earlier arrested ten persons including retired customs officer Vishwanath Iyer in this connection seven years ago. Among the other accused were a couple of Maoist leaders who allegedly imparted guerrilla warfare training to a number of Gujarati rebels in the forests of Kerala in 2000.

Tusharkanti’s wife Shoma Sen, while addressing a press conference in Tilak Patrakar Bhavan here on Tuesday evening, said that her husband was ‘falsely implicated’. “Police can implicate anybody,” she alleged. Asked about Maoist links of Tusharkanti, Shoma Sen said, “Maoism is not a crime. Now, we shall apply for Tusharkanti’s bail and also resort to propaganda to show how the Government is targetting those speaking of revolutionary ideology.”

Replying to a question relating to conviction of Maoist leader Prof G N Saibaba and his links with her, Shoma Sena said that documents on the basis of which Saibaba was convicted could have been ‘manipulated’. To another question, she replied, “It is possible that there was some pressure on judges in Saibaba case.”

When asked if documents produced by the cops were ‘manipulated’ in her opinion, what could be treated as ‘evidence’, she said that a person caught ‘while committing a crime’ only can prove if he is guilty of a crime.