Trade union leader, wife arrested for suspected Maoist links
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Last Updated: Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 20:16
New Delhi: A trade union leader and his wife were detained in connection with investigations into Maoist network in the capital, police sources said here on Tuesday.

Trade union leaders Gopal Mishra and his wife Anu were detained by a team of Delhi Police's Special Cell, the sources said.

However, no official was ready go on record on the detention issue.

On April four, Sunil Mandiwal, an assistant professor with Delhi University's Dayal Singh College, was detained for his suspected links with Maoists, including arrested leader Khobad Ghandy. He was released after questioning.

During investigations into the Maoist network in the capital, police sources had earlier said that it came to light that the extremists were infiltrating into trade unions in the capital.

They had an active trade union in Okhla Industrial area. The Maoists were also targeting displaced labourers and bringing them under their fold, they said.

An NGO, Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP,) claimed that Mishra was taken into custody on April 25 from his residence in Ramnagar in east Delhi and his wife was picked up yesterday.

The CRPP quoted Ritesh Kumar, the owner of the house in which Mishra was staying as a tenant, as saying that police reached the residence along with Mishra at 11 AM yesterday and waited till evening for his wife Anu to return.

"The house owner was later told by the police that they were taking him to the police station. Later it became clear that along with Mishra another trade unionist Pradeep was also taken away by the police," the CRPP said.

The NGO demanded the unconditional release of the two and that they be given access to lawyers.

The NGO has also sent a letter to National Human Rights Commission seeking its intervention to get the couple "released".


First Published: Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 20:16

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