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Maoist Leader Kishenji Escapes Arrest, Again

Posted by n3wday on January 24, 2010

Kishenji with reporters, somewhere around Lalgarh

This article was sent out on the Maoist Revolution e-list.

Indian Maoist Leader Escapes Arrest

Kishenji, a leader of Communist Party of India-Maoist escaped arrest during a joint operation by the police and central paramilitary forces. They searched a jungle in West Midnapore district in eastern West Bengal state on Wednesday.

Acting on a tip off, the joint forces launched a search. However, before they could reach the Maoist camp, Kishenji and other close aids managed to flee.  Police seized some arms and ammunitions, as well as a laptop believed to be used by Kishenji.

Police did arrest three people including two women, whom they suspect are a part of the guerrilla force. Three persons were arrested. One is Sitaram Hansda,Kanika Adak and Sefali Bera. They are interrogating them. We are still verifying the backgrounds of these persons.

Maoists wage People’s War across eastern, central and southern parts of the country, an insurgency that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has described as one of the gravest threats to the country’s internal security.

The following article was published on Press Trust of India.

Uncertainty over ownership of laptop

Kolkata, Jan 21: The West Bengal government today said it was not sure if the laptop, seized by joint security forces in a raid at jungles in West Midnapore district, belonged to elusive Maoist leader Kishenji.

Chief Secretary Ashok Mohan Chakraborty told reporters here that it was being verified whether the laptop belonged to Kishenji. “I won’t say a lie. It is being seen,” he said.

However, sources in the police indicated that the laptop was used by the Maoists, but did not belong to Kishenji.  “We are trying to decode the laptop and we might take the help of experts also,” the sources said.

Meanwhile, PCPA spokesman Asit Mahto claimed that the two women who were arrested yesterday by the joint forces on suspicion of being Maoists in Lalgarh were the close relatives of PCPA supporters Joydeb Bera and Raju Adak.

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