G. Narasimha Rao

NARSIPATNAM (Visakhapatnam district): Maoist ideologue Kobad Ghandy (62) was produced in a court at Narsipatnam amidst tight security in connection with a case filed after the Gunukurayi encounter in May 2008, and was remanded to judicial custody till December 16.

A member of CPI (Maoist) politburo, Ghandy was brought from Cherlapalli jail near Hyderabad in an RTC bus and produced before Junior Civil Judge II, Narsipatnam , T.V. Nageswara Rao, who is in-charge of the First Class Magistrate Court of Chintapalli. Media persons were not allowed inside the court premise, which was guarded by more than 50 armed policemen, including Greyhounds.

Charges

He was charged under Sections 147 (rioting), 148 (possession of deadly weapons), 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and 396 (dacoity with murder), read with Sec. 149 (unlawful assembly) and Sec. 25 and 26 of Indian Arms Act (illegal possession and use of arms) and Sec. 8(1) (B) of AP Public Security Act.