Maoist leader wanted in POTA case sur­ren­ders

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - INDI - —PTI

Chen­nai: An ab­scond­ing woman Maoist leader fac­ing sev­eral charges, in­clud­ing those un­der the now de­funct Pre­ven­tion of Ter­ror­ism Act and de­clared a pro­claimed of­fender, has sur­ren­dered be­fore a court near here.

The 43-year-old Maoist leader, Padma alias Sathya­mary in­volved al­legedly in the 2002 Uthangarai Arms Train­ing case sur­ren­dered be­fore a POTA Court.

“Af­ter serv­ing about two and a half years in jail, she got bail in 2005 and later went into hid­ing. Last year she was de­clared a pro­claimed of­fender and she sur­ren­dered Fri­day be­fore the Poona­malle POTA court,” Spe­cial Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tor N Vi­ja­yaraj said.

The ac­cused had got bail in 2005 and a POTA Re­view Com­mit­tee had also years ago up­held the charges against her and 31 oth­ers un­der the now de­funct Act. Sub­se­quently, pe­ti­tions were filed in the Madras High Court by all the ac­cused and the mat­ter got de­layed and Padma sub­se­quently went into hid­ing at one stage, the pros­e­cu­tor said.

“Her sud­den sur­ren­der comes af­ter sev­eral steps taken by the gov­ern­ment like can­celling her bail, ini­ti­at­ing le­gal ac­tion against those who stood surety for her and declar­ing her a pro­claimed of­fender,” he

said.

Padma is fac­ing charges un­der var­i­ous sec­tions of the IPC, Arms Act, Ex­plo­sive Sub­stances Act be­sides POTA, ac­cord­ing to him.

In 2002, the ac­cused, along with oth­ers, was in­volved in an al­leged arms train­ing at a mango grove in Sala­jokipatti vil­lage of Kr­ish­na­giri dis­trict.

When the po­lice team tried to sur­round and ar­rest them, an exchange of fire took place be­tween the po­lice party and the Maoist group which led to the death of Siva alias Parthipan due to a gun­shot wound.

An­other ac­cused, Naveen alias Prasath died in a sim­i­lar face-off with the po­lice at a hilly ham­let in Ko­daikanal in 2008.

How is it pos­si­ble that any­one can come and set­tle down here? The coun­try can­not run like this. Those who are its cit­i­zens should stay here only and they only have the right to the re­sources of this coun­try Amit Shah, BJP pres­i­dent

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