More arrests of CPI(ML) cadre likely in Punjab

CHANDIGARH: More people are likely to be arrested in Punjab for their involvement in Maoist activities in the state. The Mohali police claim to have seized a list of central committee members of banned CPI(ML) of Punjab, from Harbhinder Singh alias Jalal — identified as the general secretary of the outfit`s Punjab unit and arrested last week — during his five-day interrogation. With this, some more arrests of people associated with the banned outfit are likely.

The Punjab Police now plan to take Harbhinder to Jharkhand and gather more information about the CPI(ML) cadre here. For this, a local court of Kharar in Mohali district has sent the accused to five-day police remand.

A native of Jalal village in Bathinda district, Harbhinder was arrested on May 4. Police said they found a .32 bore revolver, six cartridges, CPI(Maoist) party membership receipt book, fake voter ID card and some sedition material like pamphlets in his possession.

“The police also have information about a hideout of Harbhinder in Jharkhand from where they expect to recover material pertaining to the expansion plans of of CPI(ML) cadre in Punjab,“ CIA incharge, Kharar, Gurcharan Singh told the Kharar court on Monday.

Officials told the court that during the police remand, Mohali cops had recovered vital information from the laptop, diaries and other material belonging to Harbhinder following his interrogation. Police have decoded some of his computer files and recovered a comprehensive list of members of state`s central committee of CPI(ML).

With the arrest of Harbinder on May 4, police had claimed to have foiled a plan of a Maoist strike in Punjab. According to them, Harbhinder, also known as Kulbir alias Paramjit, was trying to recruit members for the outfit in Kharar “with the intention of causing violence“.

A case under sections 10, 13, 18 and 20 of Unlawful Activity (Prevention) Act, 1967, which pertain to penalty for being a member of an unlawful organization, for conspiracy and punishment for undertaking a terrorist act and sections 25/54/59 Arms Act and Section 121 of IPC, was registered at Kharar police station against Harbhinder.

Daily meeting: Following the directions of the local court passed on May 6, Jalal was allowed to meet some human rights activists and lawyers for one hour daily. While talking to TOI, his counsel, Rajvinder Singh Bains said that earlier the police were ill-treating him during interrogation, but following the court orders, he has been provided with basic amenities.

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