Monday, October 26, 2009

Mayhem reigns supreme in Midnapore

Statesman News Service
MIDNAPORE, 25 OCT: The four-days detention of Mr Bimal Mahato of Pathra village in Sankrail, in Midnapore Kotwali police lock-up and his subsequent release yesterday revealed brought to the fore, yet again, what has long been alleged of the Midnapore police force.
He was picked up by the joint forces from his own motor garage hours after the Maoist attack on Sankrail police station on 20 October and detained because his father is a namesake of the Peoples’ Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA), convener ~ Chhatradhar Mahato ~ who is now in jail custody. The youth's father Mr Chhatradhar Mahato today alleged that his son was severely beaten up and he will write to the West Bengal Human Rights Commission demanding investigation and action against the district police officers.
But Bimal is not the only one plagued by such atrocities. Such treatment is allegedly being meted out to Mr Ranjit Mahato of Laljal in Belpahari over the past fortnight. Mr Mahato, who was working as a labourer under a local WBSEB contractor, was arrested on 10 October after being framed in a false murder case and under Section 25 and 27 Arms Act. His wife Mrs Tapati Mahato said that her husband’s offence was that he had a well-toned physical structure, which he had developed through rigorous physical work as a labourer by pulling electric wires and planting heavy poles for years. “But the police", she said, “attributed his physique to the arms-training he obtained in Maoist camps as their man”. 
Source: The Statesman 26 October 2009

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