Tribal leader Chatradhar Mahato, arrested on charge of sedition and Maoist links, was today again send to police custody from judicial remand by a local court.
Chief Judicial Magistrate N N Dasgupta gave the order while hearing the case against the Peoples Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA) leader, who was also booked under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
Mahato was arrested on September 26 by CID officials posing as TV journalists from an area near troubled Lalgarh in West Midnapore district, where he was leading an agitation against alleged police excesses.
Mahato, who denied Maoist links, has been in and out of police custody since his arrest.
Meanwhile, armed PCPA activists stopped the Bhubaneswar-Delhi Rajdhani Express and held hostage the two drivers of the train at Banstala halt station near Jhargram demanding Mahato's release, which was firmly rejected by West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.