2021 Assembly election live updates: Chhatradhar Mahato, the former head of the Maoist-backed People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities and currently a Congressman from Trinamool, was arrested by the NIA in connection with of a murder case. The Calcutta District Court on Thursday ordered Mahato to appear three times a week at the office of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for his involvement in the case. The NIA had filed an appeal to the High Court challenging an order from a special court prohibiting the agency from arresting Mahato in connection with the murder of a local CPI (M) leader in 2009 in Lalgarh in the region of Jangalmahal, which was then a hotbed of Maoists. Activities.
The agency had moved the agency’s special tribunal to seek interrogation orders in Mahato’s custody. Mahato had not appeared before the NIA Special Court on several occasions, citing various reasons. After several such failures, the special court ordered Mahato on November 18, 2020 to appear before it exactly one month later, while ordering that the NIA would not arrest him in the meantime. The NIA accused Mahato under various articles of the Illicit Activities (Prevention) Act, in addition to waging a war against the country.
Mahato was released from prison in 2020 after serving a ten-year sentence in connection with an aborted offer on the life of then-West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee in 2008, and several other cases of terrorist attacks. bomb and landmine explosions.