A suspected Naxalite has been sentenced to two years rigorous imprisonment (RI) under the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act 2007 (CGSPSA), making him the first person to be convicted under the Act here.
The convict, Raja alias Qamaruddin, arrested in February this year, was sentenced to two years RI by Judicial Magistrate, First Class, Pankaj Jain yesterday.
A resident of Bilaspur, Raja was arrested by the police from Bhatagaon Chowk near here following a tip-off from some Naxalites who had been arrested earlier.
The police had recovered a pistol, two live cartridges, two walky-talkie sets, a naxal uniform, naxal literature and two press notes issued in the name of Gudsa Usendi in the handbag recovered from him.
Following his arrest, Raja was booked under the Arms Act. But after technical investigations of the walky-talkie, which indicated to him being a member of a banned Maoist outfit, the police were advised to book him under CGSPSA as well, an Act introduced to curb the naxal menace in the state.
Besides, Raja was also sentenced to two years RI under the Arms Act and was slapped a fine of Rs 100.