KOZHIKODE:The Chemmangad police on Friday arrested Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF) state president T Sugathan on charges of having links with Maoist group. According to police, the arrest was made based on the case related to appearance of posters, which said ‘Maoism Bheekaravadam Alla, Vimochanathinte Vazhikatti’ (Maoism is not extremism, but the road to liberty), registered by the Iritty police. Ajayan Mannoor and Karivelloor Ramakrishnan, both functionaries of the RDF, had been picked up by the police in the case the other day.
Earlier, two activists of the RDF had been taken into custody on charges of organising a campaign at Parappa in Kasargod. They had been released after interrogation. Later, Ajayan and Ramakrishnan were arrested and slapped with charges under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). Grow Vasu, a former Naxalite leader, convened a press conference at the Press Club here on Friday to condemn the arrest of the RDF leaders. Sugathan, hailing from Chombal in Vadakara, came to the city to attend the press meet and he was picked up by the police from Muthalakkulam as he was leaving the Press Club around 1 pm. RDF leaders and Grow Vasu raised slogans against the police protesting against the arrest.