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Court allows narco test on Arun Ferreira and others

Pradip Kumar Maitra  Nagpur, May 16, 2007
First Published: 20:05 IST(16/5/2007) | Last Updated: 20:23 IST(16/5/2007)

The local JMFC Court on Wednesday allowed the probe agency of Nagpur police to conduct a narco-analysis and brain-mapping tests on the Mumbai-based activist Arun Ferreira, the naxalite leader Murali and two others after hearing the defence counsels.

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While seeking permission to conduct such tests, the government pleader, P Satyanathan, pointed out that it was essential because accused were not co-operating with the investigation agencies during the interrogations.

“We have enough evidences that show all these accused were involved in extremist activities and were planning to commit violent activities in the state. However, they are not co-operating with the police and divulging the details. The Narco-analysis and brain-mapping tests are needed to get all such details that would lead to the police to come in a conclusion in the case,” the government pleader said.

On the other hand, the defence counsel, Surendra Gandling opposed the tests and pointed out that such tests are unscientific and it may cause an adverse effect on the body of the accused.

Meanwhile, Arun Ferreira and Murali alleged that they were being tortured by the Chhattisgarh police and sought protection from the court. “The Chhattisgarh police are torturing us and even threatened with life,” they said in a written application.

While allowing the narco-analysis and brain-mapping test, the JMFC judge SN Momin also extended the police custody of all the alleged Naxalites till May 20.


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