Five Maoists who were arrested by the West Bengal Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Tuesday were remanded to police custody till July 11 by a court here on Wednesday.
The CID arrested State committee member of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) Madhusudan Mondal alias Narayan alias Salim, Nandigram zonal committee member Siddhartha Mondal, technical wing member Sachin Ghoshal and two other members — Sanjay Mondal and Rajesh Mondal.
According to CID sources, Madhusudan Mondal was active in the Nandigram region of West Bengal's Purbo Medinipur district and played a covert role during the 2007-2008 movement against the chemical hub project in Nandigram, which forced the State Government to scrap the project.
The names of the persons reportedly came out during the interrogation of top Maoist leader Venkatesh Reddy alias Dipak.
All five persons have been charged under Sections 18 and 19 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967.
CID Inspector-General Niraj Nayan Pandey told reporters here that the police were looking out a person named Debolina Chakraborty, a member of the Maoists' Nandigram zonal committee as well as the Matangini Mahila Samity – the women's wing of the red brigade in the State.
Mr. Pandey said a letter written by Ms. Chakraborty was found on Rajesh Mondal during his arrest.