A local court on Saturday rejected the police plea for further remand for PCPA leader Chhatradhar Mahato, arrested on the charge of having Maoist links, and ordered jail custody till October 23.

Assistant Chief Judicial Magistrate (acting) of Jhargram Sub-divisional court, Vishal Mardangi, remanded Mahato to jail custody rejecting the CID prayer for further police remand of 15 days.

Mahato, who was arrested on September 26 near Lalgarh where he had been leading an agitation against alleged police excesses under the banner of People’s Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA) since last November, was brought to the court amidst tight security.

Rejecting the prayer for further police remand, the magistrate said police had failed to produce adequate evidence against Mahato despite having him in their custody for 14 days.