Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Kerala Police On a Blogger

This news was published in The Hindu on February 15 th 2007.I just see this...

Youth was an SFI leader earlier

Police intensify drive against naxalites

KOZHIKODE: A team of police officers on Wednesday night took into custody for interrogation a youth believed to be having links with the extremist Maoist group. He was released on Thursday evening.

The Vadakara police arrested the 25-year old from his residence in the Edacherry police station limits. Vadakara Superintendent of Police K. Natarajan; Assistant Superintendent of Police Anoop John Kuruvilla; and Vadakara Circle Inspector Jaison K. Abraham questioned him.

Senior police officials said the youth was a non-teaching staff at the Government Engineering College in the city. He was known by several names among his friends, employees and Internet community groups. The police also seized a computer as well as other documents to verify his antecedents.

Mr. Natarajan said that the police had kept a tab on the activities of the youth for some time. Recently he joined the clerical cadre in government service. He subscribed to extreme Left leanings. However his links with any Maoist group so far had not been established.

Earlier, he was a member of the Students Federation of India (SFI), student wing of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), and had also been the area secretary of the Nadapuram unit. He shifted his sympathies to extreme Left groups. He was also associated with groups such as Revolutionary People’s Front as well as Porattam, the police said.

Investigating officers are examining the contents of his personal blogs. The hard disk of his computer is also being checked to corroborate whether he had proven links with some persons recently arrested on charges of subversive activities.

The State police have intensified their drive against Maoist and Naxalite groups after the arrest of a top Maoist leader Malla Raja Reddy at Angamaly a month ago. The police had also arrested Palath Govindankutty on charges of publishing seditious writings.

The district has a large number of quarries as well as thousands of migrant labourers from Naxalite-infested States.

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