In a major blow to the Maoists, Kolkata Police’s special task force (STF), on Tuesday, arrested the outfit’s Kolkata city committee secretary Abhishek Mukherjee and two of his associates.
30-year-old Mukherjee, along with Sunil Mandal and Subhas Roy, was produced before a Sealdah court on Wednesday and remanded in seven days’ police custody.
While Mandal is a city committee member, Roy is from the Maoists’ central technical committee.
The arrests will have a deep impact on the Maoists’ urban network since Mukherjee was the prime coordinator between different urban units of the outfit in Kolkata, the North and South 24-Parganas and Howrah districts.He had revived the city committee after it got defunct in 2005 when most of its members were arrested.
Two sophisticated firearms, including a semi-automatic gun, were recovered from them, the police said.
They have been booked under the arms Act among several sections of the IPC. Mukherjee was a close associate of Kishenji.
A resident of Chandernagore in Hooghly district and a Jadavpur University dropout, Mukherjee was one of the founders of the Forum for Arts Students (FAS) that still has significant clout in the institution.
He was also the state secretary of the Maoists’ students’ wing, Revolutionary Students’ Front (RSF), until it was disbanded in 2005.
The new students’ outfit of the Maoists, the United Students’ Democratic Front (USDF), founded in 2006, is perceived to be his brainchild.
His wife, Debolina Chakraborty, was arrested during the anti-eviction movement at Nonadanga. She is still in jail.
In March 2010, there were rumours that Mukherjee was killed during a gunfight between the security forces and the guerrilla squad guarding Kishenji.