Five months after they were arrested, ten naxals from West Bengal (WB) are still in judicial custody in Pune. The anti-terrorism squad (ATS) had arrested them in May, this year. The ATS said the WB police, who were supposed to have taken them into custody, have not done so, despite being sent several reminders.
Rakesh Maria, additional director general of police (ATS), told the media at the time of the arrests that the WB police had been informed and the ten naxals were to be handed over to them.
“A team from WB police, headed by a deputy superintendent of police, had come here to interrogate the maoists soon after they were arrested. They went back saying they would return soon with transfer warrants. But we have not heard from them. We sent them a reminder just ten days ago. However, they still have not shown any interest in obtaining their custody,” a source in the ATS said.
Zulfiqar Hasaan, inspector general of police (Western Range), West Bengal, however, told HT that they were in touch with ATS, Pune.
“It is not as big a case as it has been made out to be. Our team had interrogated them and found that four of them have cases pending in WB. We will take them into custody,” Hasaan said.
The ATS had arrested Anando Mahato, 37, Sushanto Mahato, 36, Ajit Mahato, 35, Nripen Mahato alias Sanna, 24, Kadu Hembram, 21, Rudra Mahato, 19, Robi Hansda, 19, Robi Mahato, 19, Pintu Mahato, 19 and Satyajit Rana, 18, on May 13 from the Shirur area of Pune.
The ATS said the maoists were staying in Pune as casual labourers.