Lakshman Seth, a former MP of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), has been arrested by West Bengal's Criminal Investigation Department (CID) from Mumbai, senior officials said here on Saturday.

“Mr. Seth was arrested along with two other persons. They were produced at a court in Kurla,” K. Jayaraman, DIG (Operations), CID told The Hindu . He added that all the three arrested will be brought to West Bengal on transit remand by March 22. Ashok Guria and Amiya Sahu, two district-level CPI(M) leaders, were arrested with Mr. Seth from a guest house in the Chembur area.

Mr. Jayaraman said the three persons are likely to be charged with rioting, murder and conspiracy. The CID named Mr. Seth in a charge sheet in connection with a case where six persons went missing on November 10, 2007 in the Nandigram area of Purba Medinipur district during the protracted agitation against land acquisition. According to the CID, the six were attacked by CPI(M) supporters and investigations revealed that their bodies were later dumped into the Haldi river.

The charge sheet, filed on January 30 in the Court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate in Haldia, named 88 persons including local CPI(M) leaders in connection with the incident.

The CID has so far arrested 13 persons in this case.

“False cases”

Biman Bose, chairman of the West Bengal Left Front Committee, alleged that of late, there has been a spate of false cases against CPI(M) leaders. The party would help the arrested acquire legal assistance, Mr. Bose added.