Tamil Nadu

Bail plea of Maoist dismissed

Principal District and Sessions Court Judge R. Poornima dismissed the bail plea of Maoist Neelamegham alias Kadhir alias Vinayakam (29) here on Thursday.

Opposing the bail petition, police claimed that granting of bail to Neelamegham would hamper their investigation.

However, defence counsel M. Kannappan argued that the police did not have any proof to brand him as a Maoist. A native of Pasumalai in Madurai, Neelamegham had been in judicial custody for the past 55 days. Moreover, the police had already completed their investigation and the claim that granting bail to the accused would hamper the investigation was not substantiated, he said.

The defence counsel moved the bail petition on September 9. Neelamegham was arrested at Vadamadurai and lodged in Tiruchi prison. Cases were filed against him under the Arms and Explosives Act. Judicial Magistrate Court II Judge C.B. Vedagiri had granted bail to another ‘Maoist’, Kannan alias Senthil, who was arrested in Coimbatore, on September 28 as the police had failed to file a charge sheet against him within 60 days from the date of arrest.

Maoist Naveen Prasad was gunned down on upper Kodaikanal hill in a police encounter in 2004, and later, the police arrested Kannan and Neelamegham. The police said that Neelamegham and Kannan were some of the accused who escaped during the encounter with the Maoists.


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