Mumbai-based alleged Maoist, Arun Thomas Ferreira, who was arrested in Nagpur a few years ago and lodged in Nagpur Central Jail, was on Tuesday released by the session court, but immediately re-arrested by the anti-naxalite squad and taken to an undisclosed destination. According to
Ferreira’s lawyer, Surendra Gadling, the alleged Maoist was released from the Nagpur central jail on Tuesday afternoon. But some plain clothed police personnel from the anti-naxalite squad re-arrested him and whisked away from the jail premise immediately on his release.
“When I and some of my colleagues protested and wanted to know why he was re-arrested and on what charges, the police personnel refused to say anything and manhandled us,” alleged Gadling.
Ferreira was arrested by the Nagpur police, along with a senior Maoist, Murali on May 8, 2007 at Nagpur when they were trying to hold a secret meeting at Deekshabhoomi. They were charged with Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Indian Arms Act and 353 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
However, Arun was acquitted by the court but later re-arrested on other charges. “Ferreira was acquitted from as many as 10 cases, falsely implicated by the police, so far. But when the court acquits him, the police re-arrest him one or other charges. He was again re-arrested on flimsy ground on Tuesday and taken to an undisclosed destination,” he pointed out.
It was said that Ferreira was proficient in computers and was the in-charge of propaganda and communication network of CPI (Maoist) while Murali was the divisional secretary of North Gadchiroli division of CPI (Maoist).
Gadling alleged that Ferreira’s mother and brother, Sanjiv Ferreira had come here to meet him. However, the police did not allow them to do so.
Another lawyer, Ani Kale, who was at the central prison, said that the police team manhandled about 8-10 lawyers and other people who gathered there. “We have decided to lodge a complaint with the National Human Rights Commission and the Bar Council of India against the police excess,” he said.
They have also lodged a complaint with the local Dhantoli police station.