Slain Maoist leader`s wife moves HC

A slain Maoist leader`s wife on Wednesday on Wednesday moved the Madras HC seeking direction to intelligence personnel from Andhra Pradesh to not to follow her, apprehending that they planned to kill her in a fake encounter.

Last Updated: Jul 14, 2010, 09:41 AM IST

Chennai: A slain Maoist leader`s wife on Wednesday
on Wednesday moved the Madras High Court seeking direction to
intelligence personnel from Andhra Pradesh to not to follow
her, apprehending that they planned to abduct and kill her in
a fake encounter.

Sujatha is the widow of Maoist leader Raj Mouli who was
killed in an encounter in Andhra Pradesh some years back.
After advocate R Vaigai mentioned the apprehension of
Sujatha in the court, Justice V Dhanapalan asked intelligence
personnel from Andhra Pradesh to not to follow Sujatha. The
court, however, said legal proceedings could be followed
against her if found necessary.

Tamil Nadu public prosecutor P Kumaresan informed the
court that there was no information about any surveillance on
her. She had no case pending against her in the state at
present, he said.

Contending that Tamil Nadu continued to be a peaceful
state, he said any order of restraint would make it difficult
for police to take action against suspects.

Sujatha, an engineer, named the police chiefs of Andhra
Pradesh and Tamil Nadu and state Home secretary as
respondents.

She said she founded the Abhyudaya Mahila Vedika, which
was affiliated to the Andra Pradesh Chaitanya Mahila Samakhya.
Sujatha claimed that land and liquor mafia had turned
against her after she took up issues of trafficking, sexual
and dowry harassment.

She alleged that she get threatening calls from mafia as
well as the Andhra Pradesh government`s special anti-naxal
unit Combat Battalion for Resolute Action.

Contending that she had left Anantpur district four years
ago, she said she was "quietly living" in Chennai for the past
three years, doing administrative and accounting works in
small companies here.

She said for the past two weeks she had been noticing
strangers following her and keeping a surveillance on her.
When she inquired, one of them said they were from the Special
Intelligence Bureau of Andhra.

Apprehending abduction and death by fake encounter,
Sujatha wanted the court restrain the DGPs or their men from
interfering with her life in any manner.

She also sought a direction to the authorities to ensure
her safe passage to Hyderabad to meet the chairman of the
Andhra Pradesh State Human Rights Commission.

PTI