Police brought Ferreira and Murali at Mumbai for narco test

Updated on May 21, 2007 08:09 PM IST
Both suspected Naxalites may undergo the test at Mumbai on Tuesday or could even be shifted to Bangalore for the tests if it was needed, reports Pradip Kumar Maitra.
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Hindustan Times | ByPradip Kumar Maitra, Nagpur

The Mumbai-based alleged Maoist, Arun Thomas Ferreira and top Naxalite leader, Murali Sattya Reddy were brought to the state capital from Nagpur under tight security on Monday morning to conduct narco-analysis, lie-detector and brain-mapping tests.

According to available information, both the suspected Naxalites may undergo the test at Mumbai on Tuesday or could even be shifted to Bangalore for the tests if it was needed. A team of senior police personnel, led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Surendra Mekala, had taken them to Mumbai by train. The duo was arrested with another two suspected Naxalites near Deekshabhoomi last fortnight.

Talking to Hindustan Times, Commissioner of Police (CP), SPS Yadav confirmed that the tests were not conducted on Monday. While admitting that both the Naxalites were taken to Mumbai, he refused to divulge the details. The duo has been brought to Mumbai to testify some valuable information the Nagpur police and the state anti-Naxal cell had gathered in the case.

The local court had allowed the narco and brain-mapping tests of both the suspected Naxalites when the police pointed out that it was essential to conduct such tests in view of their anti-national and violent activities. Both, who were booked under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, were not revealing their original plans and their purpose of coming to the city. Moreover, the police said that interrogation of Mumbai-based Naxalite Ferreira had become a challenge for them since he hardly disclosed anything to the police. He is proficient in computers and was the in-charge of propaganda and communication network of the CPI (Maoist).

Government pleader PK Sathianathan filed an application on Sunday before the local court to produce Ferreira and Murali in Mumbai for conducting the three tests. The court granted the permission and directed the jailer of the Nagpur Central Jail in Nagpur to produce them on Monday at Mumbai. And finally, the city police brought them to Mumbai on Monday morning.

Meanwhile, the court also granted the magisterial custody to four alleged extremists till June 2.

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