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Ghandy Qizzed In Connection With Attack On WB CM'S Convoy

PTI 19 Jan 2010, 19:34:08 IST

Top Maoist leader Kobad Ghandy was on Tuesday  interrogated by West Bengal police in a jail here in connection with an attack on the convoy of Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and former union minister Ramvilas Paswan in West Midnapore district in 2008. 

West Bengal police had yesterday sought a direction from the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kaveri Baweja to the jail authorities to allow them to quiz Ghandy for his alleged involvement in the landmine blast that damaged pilot vehicle and left several policemen injured. 

A team of CID sleuths arrived at Tihar central jail and questioned the incarcerated central committee member of the banned CPI (Maoist) for about two hours, a jail official said. 

"It is essential to interrogate the accused for the purpose of investigation of the present (Salboni) case. Necessary direction is also sought to the jail Superintendent to permit the accused to be interrogated," Public Prosecutor Navin Kumar submitted on behalf of West Bengal police. 

Bhattacharjee and Paswan had a narrow escape on November 2, 2008, when a landmine exploded within minutes of their convoy passing through Baroa near Salboni in Midnapore. The convoy was returning after foundation-laying ceremony of Jindal Bengal Steel Project at Jambedia. 

Ghandy, 63, a Maoist ideologue, has been booked for various charges under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act after his arrest here on September 20 last year. He had earlier been taken to Andhra Pradesh for investigation of a case registered at Karimnagar district. PTI