PCPA banned organisation under UAPA: WB govt to HC

WB govt informed the Calcutta HC that the PCPA was a front organisation of Maoists, and thereby banned under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

Last Updated: Dec 15, 2010, 00:38 AM IST

Kolkata: The West Bengal government on Tuesday
informed the Calcutta High Court that the People`s Committee
against Police Atrocities (PCPA) was a front organisation of
Maoists, and thereby banned under the Unlawful Activities
Prevention Act (UAPA).

Submitting that CPI(Maoist) and its front
organizations were banned under the UAPA, public prosecutor
Ashimesh Goswami maintained before a division bench comprising
Chief Justice J N Patel and Justice Asim Kumar Roy, that PCPA
was supplementing the activities of Maoists in Lalgarh and
adjoining areas in West Midnapore district.

The court had during the last hearing, asked the
prosecution to inform whether PCPA was a banned organisation
under UAPA.

Opposing the bail petition by former PCPA convenor
Chhatradhar Mahato, besides PCPA members Raja Sarkhel, Prasun
Chatterjee and Sukh Shanti Baskey, Goswami submitted that the
job of PCPA was to create an administrative vacuum in the name
of a mass movement, which would be filled by Maoists.

Claiming that this amounted to sabotage of internal
security and waging war against the country, the state told
the court that as per section 43(d) of UAPA, under which they
have been charged, if prima facie a case was made out then
there was no question of granting bail to the accused.

The prosecution also submitted copies of leaflets
allegedly containing anti-state propaganda.

The matter would be taken up for hearing again
tomorrow.

PTI

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