Kolkata: A team of three intellectuals
and as many reporters, who allegedly went to meet Maoist
ultras in West Midnapore district, were today detained by the
joint forces for interrogation before some of them were
"A team went there to meet the Maoists today when the
joint forces operation was going on. So, the entire team was
detained for interrogation," IG (Law and Order) Surajit Kar
"Later, the scribes and some others were released. But
we will check the history of the rest before they are
released," Kar Purkayastha added.
The Maoist backed People`s Committee against Police
Atrocities (PCPA), however, claimed 78 people -- 72 villagers
and six intellectuals and reporters -- were arrested from
Pirakata area of West Midnapore district.
"The joint forces today arrested 72 innocent villagers
and Prof Nisha Biswas and Kaniska Chowdhury, teacher
Madhusudhan and three journalists. They are from a leading
English daily, an English news channel and a Kolkata-based
vernacular newspaper," PCPA spokesperson Monoj Mahato told PTI
from an undisclosed location.
Superintendent of Police Monoj Kumar Verma, however, said
"five persons were arrested from Pirakata area today morning".
Asked whether the scribes and intellectuals were
arrested, Verma said "I cannot divulge any more details".
The PCPA demanded immediate release of the all the
people and otherwise they would go for a movement.