NAGPUR: A fresh controversy brewed on Wednesday after Gadchiroli police detained three alleged Naxal sympathizers immediately after they were released from Central jail here following their bail. The detained persons were not released till late evening, it is learnt.
Manik Wadde, Jiwan Narote and Sampat Tumreti were arrested by Gadchiroli police on April 18 for their alleged act of setting a mobile phone tower on fire last year at Potegaon. The three, native of Jaller village around 10 km from Potegaon, were summoned to Potegaon Armed Outpost a day before the arrest. Advocate Jagdish Meshram, who is also an activist of Indian Association of Peoples’ Lawyers (IAPL) and representing the three, said his clients were summoned for merely recording the statement but were held back at the outpost.
“My clients are poor farmers and were implicated in the case. They were illegally detained at the Armed Outpost before being arrested formally,” he said. “It is not clear what took the police more than a year to decide on the arrest,” said Meshram.
Meshram also informed that the Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC), Gadchiroli, granted bail to the three against a surety of Rs 15,000 each. “There was no point in detaining them on the assurance of allowing them to go home. The police have already had their custody for questioning,” he said.
Gadchiroli police have faced flak for re-arresting alleged Naxals and their sympathizers from jail immediately upon release in different cases. Top-Naxal activist Arun Ferreira has filed a writ petition before the high Court highlighting dramatic arrests of the persons from the jail gate despite court granting them bail or even acquitting them.