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Updated: October 18, 2009 17:14 IST

Mahato refuses to give handwriting sample to court

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Chhatradhar Mahato, convener of the Maoist-backed People’s Committee against Police Atrocities. File photo: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury
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Chhatradhar Mahato, convener of the Maoist-backed People’s Committee against Police Atrocities. File photo: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury

Chhatradhar Mahato, convener of the Maoist-backed People’s Committee against Police Atrocities, has refused to give a sample of his handwriting to a local court here.

The PCPA leader was on Friday produced before Jhargram Assistant Chief Judicial Magistrate Mohammed Rezzak who wanted his handwriting for examination by the authorities.

When the judge asked him whether he knew how to write, he said he could.

Counsel for the CID said that his handwriting was needed to tally with letters seized from his house in Lalgarh.

Mahato was arrested on September 26 near Lalgarh by policemen posing as journalists.

The court also remanded PCPA treasurer Sukhshanti Baskey in police custody till October 30.

Baskey has been charged under several sections of IPC including waging war against the state.

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