Two of 14 chargesheeted Maoists innocent, admits police

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 22:45

Jamshedpur: Jharkhand police on Wednesday admitted
that two of the 14 chargesheeted Maoists were innocent and
falsely implicated, four days after the ultras demanded their
release after abducting Dalbhumgarh BDO Prasant Kumar Layek.

"After interrogating about 10-12 arrested persons in
Ghatsila sub-divisional jail today, two persons -- Jasmi Mardi
and her father Bahadur Mardi -- were found innocent. They had
been falsely implicated by Jasmi`s husband Ramrai Hembram, a
police constable," Zonal IG Rezi Dung Dung told a news
conference at Ghatsila.

Dung Dung said he had met 10-12 chargesheeted Maoists and
about four to five cases, including Mardis`, were needed to be
re-investigated.

The case of the Mardis was clearly intentional and
negligence on the part of police, he said.

After receiving directive from the Home department, the
police moved the court praying to allow reinvestigation
against Ashwini Murmu, Lusa Baske, Arjun Soren and Sukra
Munda.

Police have procured court permission under section
173(8) CrPC for reinvestigation of the cases, he said.

Actions have been initiated to meet the demands of the
Maoists and so they should set free Layek, the officer said.
Referring to Jasmi Mardi`s case, the IG said Hembram, her
husband, had implicated the two after his move to remarry was
opposed.

The Maoists have also demanded the withdrawal of forces
and stopping search operation in Ghorabandha police station
area for the release of Layek.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 22:45

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