NIA nabs TMC leader Mahato in 12 year old case India
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LALGARH/KOLKATA: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested Trinamool Congress state secretary and former Maoist-backed Lalgarh activist Chhatradhar Mahato early on Sunday for allegedly getting armed tribals to carry a trainload of Rajdhani Express passengers and crew hostage at Jhargram in Bengal’s West Midnapore 12 years in the past.
Mahato’s arrest beneath the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act got here three days after the Calcutta excessive courtroom exempted him from custodial interrogation by the NIA in one other 2009 case pertaining to the homicide of a CPM functionary in Lalgarh. Mahato’s lawyer, Kaushik Sinha, questioned the necessity for an NIA contingent to raid his consumer’s home in Lalgarh at nighttime.
A day earlier than his arrest, Mahato had advised that he was questioned for six hours in Kolkata on Friday earlier than he rushed again to Lalgarh to attend a celebration assembly. “I am meeting NIA officers (in the murder case) as per court orders,” he stated.
While briefly shielding him from custodial interrogation, the excessive courtroom had directed Mahato to seem earlier than the NIA at its Salt Lake workplace in Kolkata thrice per week and never depart Bengal until the subsequent listening to on April 16.

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