Kolkata, 4th Sept. 2010: Paschim Medinipur district police arrested the general secretary of the Maoist-backed so-called Police Santrash Birodhi Janasadharaner Committee (PSBJC), Manoj Mahato.
Addressing journalists at the district police headquarters at Midnapore town on Saturday, Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar Verma said that Mr. Mahato and another suspected Maoist, Naba Kumar Mahato, were arrested following a day-long combing operation in the Goaltore-Lalgarh-Kotwali region launched on Friday morning.
“The arrest of Manoj Mahato is a big success for us. His name is mentioned in seven first information reports and we have information that he was involved in 15 other cases of sedition, murder and violation of prohibitory order under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (Cr.PC). He will be produced in court on Sunday,” Mr. Verma said.
A 9 mm pistol and six rounds of cartridges were also reportedly recovered from him.
Naba Kumar Mahato was allegedly involved in two murder cases committed in 2006 and 2009, according to Mr. Verma.
“We had been saying from the very beginning that the PSBJC is in no way different from the Maoists and the arrest of Manoj Mahato justifies our stand.
“We hope that other absconding senior PSBJC leaders and Maoist squad members operating in the region will be caught soon,” he said.
Manoj Mahato, the nephew of arrested PSBJC convener Chhatradhar Mahato, was recently made the secretary of the outfit, after the encounter death of the former secretary, Sidhu Soren, in Goaltore on July 26.