Naxals call for 48-hr bandh in WB, J'khand, Orissa

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Kolkata, Apr 23: In support of their demand to produce four of their arrested leaders before the court, Maoists called for a 48-hour bandh in West Bengal, Jharkhand and Orissa from Apr 26.

A Maoists leader in Kolkata said that the four arrested leaders - Chandrasekhar, Rajen, Krishna and Rajesh, who were held between Apr 14 and 15 from three different areas in Jhargram subdivision of West Midnapore district, have not been produced in the court.

He said that Chandrasekhar, who is a member of the Bengal-Jharkhand-Orissa Committee of the Naxal, was nabbed by the joint forces on Apr 14 from Nayagram, while Rajen was arrested from Chandrakhuli. Krishna and Rajesh were held from Sirshi, he said.

"They should be produced in the court immediately. We have called a 48-hour bandh on April 26 and 27 in West Bengal, Jharkhand and Orissa," he said in a news agency report.

The Maoist leader, who sought anonymity, refuted rumours about the Maoists leader, Kishenji's death.

"He is very much alive and healthy. The police are making false propaganda," he said.

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