CPI(M) district secy calls arrested colleagues innocent

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Nandigram, Nov 11 (UNI) Even as Midnapore Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate today remanded 13 CPI(M) activists to 14-days' judicial custody the district headquarters called them 'innocent'.

Reacting to the judgement, West Midnapore CPI(M) Secretary Deepak Sarkar said, ''they were innocent''.

Mr Sarkar in a statement near here said, ''They were on a pleasure trip to Digha. While returning they spotted these injured people and decided to take them to the hospital.'' ''However, the Trinamool Congress activists gheraoed their vehicle, beat them up and took them to the police station,'' he alleged.

He also alleged that the police was partisan and arrested the district committee members.

The Trinamool Congress and Congress supporters had obstructed four vehicles, carrying ten CPI(M) West Midnapore district committee members, along with three injured BUPC supporters, last night near Egra Girls' School here.

The injured people were allegedly abducted by CPI(M) activists and they were being taken to Khejuri.

The district committee members remanded to judicial custody included Sukur Ali and Tapan Ghosh, who were wanted by the CBI in the mass killing case in West Midnapore's Chhota Angaria of January 4, 2001.

Tomorrow a CBI team will reach Midnapore to take custody of the duo.

All the 13 people were arrested from Egra in East Midnapore last evening, while fleeing in an ambulance and three cars with three injured Bhumi Ucched Pratirodh Committee (BUPC) members in Nandigram whom they had abducted, police said.


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