Suspected Maoist held in Coimbatore

R. Sairam
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He was involved in attack on Silda camp in West Bengal

Shyam Charan Tudu being taken to a court in Coimbatore on Sunday.— Photo: M. Periasamy
Shyam Charan Tudu being taken to a court in Coimbatore on Sunday.— Photo: M. Periasamy

: A suspected Maoist, said to have been involved in the attack on Eastern Frontier Rifles’ Silda camp in West Midnapore district in West Bengal on February 15, 2010, was arrested in Coimbatore on Saturday night.

Pravesh Kumar, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Coimbatore city, told reporters here on Sunday that a six-member West Bengal police team, headed by Deputy Superintendent of Police Vivek Kumar Verma, detained Shyam Charan Tudu (26), who was working in a casting and foundry firm at Thaneer Pandhal here for the past three months.

The West Bengal police team, he said, had been tracking the suspect for a long time after receiving intelligence inputs on his whereabouts.

Shyam Charan Tudu was staying with people from his native village at the quarters provided by his employers near the foundry.

When asked if the Maoist was suspected to have involved in any criminal activities in Coimbatore, Mr. Pravesh Kumar said there was no information as yet. However, based on the inputs obtained during the interrogation, the city police would take appropriate measures.

The suspected Maoist was initially taken to the Peelamedu Police Station (Crime) where he was interrogated till Sunday afternoon.

He was taken to Judicial Magistrate III and was remanded in judicial custody. The West Bengal police obtained a prisoner transit warrant and would take the accused to West Bengal on Monday.

Sources said that Shyam Charan Tudu’s involvement was suspected in six other murders, including the killing of CPM leader Kishenji.



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