Observing that unlawful activities of naxalites need to be exposed, sternly dealt with and prevented, the Bombay high court refused to grant anticipatory bail to a former zilla parishad president and NCP leader from Gadchiroli, Bandopant Mallelwar, accused of providing explosives to naxal groups.
Bandopant and his brother Narendra were accused of supplying arms to naxalites with five others, including a government doctor in Gadchiroli district. While four people were arrested, Bandopant, Narendra and the doctor, Ravindra Karpe, are still absconding.
Bandopant approached the Nagpur bench of the HC seeking anticipatory bail on the ground that he was innocent and had never indulged in criminal conspiracy to provide explosives and ammunition to naxalites.
“Considering that prima facie there is ground to believe involvement of the applicant and that investigation is at a preliminary stage, I am not prepared to take a different view from that of the sessions court rejecting his anticipatory bail,” justice AP Bhangale observed.
“Custodial interrogation may yield more valuable information in respect of the unlawful activities of naxalites,” said Bhangale.
In June, the Gadchiroli police had seized arms and ammunition allegedly meant for naxals from an ambulance of a government hospital near near Bhamragarh. According to the police, Bandopant and his brother had influenced Karpe to allow them to use the ambulance.