Gujarat cops arrest former Maoist leader from Nagpur-bound train

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Aug 2017 09:28:35


Staff Reporter,


Tusharkanti Bhattacharya, former Central Committee Member of banned outfit CPI (Maoist), taken to Ahmedabad, his wife Shoma Sen cries foul

GUJARAT Police on Tuesday arrested Tusharkanti Bhattacharya, former Central Committee Member of banned outfit CPI (Maoist), from Nagpur-bound train between Gondia and Bhandara.

He was later brought to Nagpur and flown to Ahmedabad. From Nagpur airport, he called his lawyer Prakash Meghe and informed him about the arrest and that he was being taken to Ahmedabad. The cops showed him the warrant issued by a Surat court and arrested him in a case dating back to 2010.

Shoma Sen, wife of Tusharkanti, and activist-turned-actor Vira Sathidar later addressed a press conference at Tilak Patrakar Bhavan here in the evening and alleged that the manner in which Tusharkanti was arrested amounted to ‘kidnapping or abduction’. However, when asked why did not they file Habeas Corpus petition, Vira Sathidar said that they did not get time. Sen and Sathidar demanded immediate release of Tusharkanti.

According to Shoma Sen, Tusharkanti had gone to Kolkata to meet his sister and was returning to Nagpur by train when he was arrested. “The case in which he has been arrested is a very vague one. All co-accused in the case are out on bail. Besides, the case dates back to 2010. Why arrest him now?” she wondered. She alleged that he was booked in Surat and declared as ‘absconding’ in 2010, when he was actually in a jail in Andhra Pradesh.

He had sent two letters in 2011 to the Surat court requesting that he was not absconding but was in jail.
According to Shoma Sen, Tusharkanti was acquitted of all charges for which he was tried in Andhra Pradesh. Since February 2013, he was living in Nagpur and had taken a ‘little break from activism, and was writing and enjoying gardening, she said.

“If the cops were to arrest him, they could have done it in all these years. Why now? And, that too, when he was travelling in a train?” she wondered.

Asked why Tusharkanti did not apply for bail when the co-accused had got it, Vira Sathidar said that he was booked under Sections 121 (A) of IPC, and provisions of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act under which anticipatory bail is not granted.