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`Number given to PC to call Maoists belongs to constable`

Last Updated: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 18:36

Kolkata: The phone number given by Maoists
to the media asking Union Home Minster P Chidambaram to call
on Thursday for peace negotiations belongs to a police constable who
was abducted by the rebels.

The Vodafone number 9734695789 belongs to Sisir Kanti
Nag, the constable who was abducted by the Maoists demanding
the release of the PCPA leader Chatradhar Mahato.

"The Vodafone SIM card was purchased from Kharagpur and
it belongs to Nag. But right now it is impossible to say from
which dealer it was purchased," a senior district police
officer said on condition of anonymity.

"We are questioning the concerned constable and trying to
find out the details," he said.

Nag`s cell number in all probability is being used by
Koteswar Rao, popularly known as Kishenji, and is the number
on which Chidambaram has been asked to call at 5 p m, the
officer said.

Nag and his colleague Siteshwar Prasad were abducted by
the Maoists from a bus at Tamajhuri in West Midnapore on
September 26 demanding the release of Mahato. Nag was released
later that night at Jamtalghera, about 50 km away from


First Published: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 18:36

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