Maoist leader alleges torture in police custody

Defence counsel prays for medical board to ascertain the accused’s injuries

Even as the city police have moved charges against him and four others under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), 2008 Sadanala Ramakrishna, the head of the central technical committee of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), submitted before the Court that he and others were being tortured in police custody and had also been forced to sign blank sheets of papers.

Urging the court to hear his grievances, Ramakrishna said he had suffered injuries on his hands and feet while Deepak Kumar — another accused said to be resident of Chhattisgarh — had beet hit on his ear during the interrogation.

Ramakrishna said he never possessed the amount of money that the police have claimed to have seized from him.

Opposing the West Bengal police’s move to bring charges under the UAPA against the accused, defence counsel submitted a written objection before the court. He also prayed for the constitution of a medical board to ascertain injuries on the accused.

The State’s counsel submitted before the court that more than Rs.1 crore was seized from the custody of the accused along with components of rocket launchers.

‘Further probe’

Denying charges of torture, counsel said it was serious case and further interrogation was required. He said a large cache of ammunitions were recovered from Chhattishgarh on the basis of interrogation from the accused.

The Court will hear the case again on Thursday.

Ramakrishna, a resident of Andhra Pradesh, and the others were arrested here in a joint operation of with the Andhra Pradesh Police. They were produced in a city court on March 1 to answer charges of waging war against the State and under certain Sections of the Arms Act.

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