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Cop custody for Maoist leader

Guwahati/Tezpur, Dec. 7: Amrit Sing Kheirwar alias Anand, a senior-Maoist leader from Jharkhand, who was arrested by Sonitpur police yesterday, was remanded in police custody for seven days today.

He was produced in the court of the chief judicial magistrate, Kamrup.

The Maoist leader was shifted from Tezpur to Guwahati last night for interrogation by the special operations unit of the special branch of the police.

The unit had arrested him in connection with a case (number 1/2011) registered under Sections 120 B, 121, 121A, 122, 123 and 384 of IPC and Sections 10 and 13 under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

Police sources today revealed the identity of the other person arrested along with the leader as Anil Singh Kheirwar, the brother-in-law of Anand. Yesterday, they had said the other arrested was his father-in-law but today he was identified as Anil, who is an employee of a Calcutta-based company. But it is not known whether he was involved in the Maoist activities. He was also remanded in seven days’ police custody.

A police source said Anand revealed during interrogation that he had taken refuge at the house of his brother-in-law in Calcutta after security forces stepped up operations to apprehend him in Jharkhand.

“According to the statements made by the duo, Anil was recently sent by his company to work at the Power Grid installation at Balipara in Sonitpur district and Anand accompanied him to Tezpur,” the source said.

He said they are now trying to find out the purpose of Anand’s visit to Assam and whether he had any plan to carry out acts of sabotage at the Power Grid facility.