Political Prisoners

Maoist re-arrested moments after release

The relief of walking free from the jail for 35-year-old Maruti Kurwatkar was short-lived on Saturday when the Maharashtra police did not even allow him a minute’s freedom. Branded a “senior Maoist leader” by the Maharashtra police, Mr. Kurwatkar was rearrested from the main gate of Nagpur central prison by a team of the Gadchiroli district police when he was walking out of the jail after acquittals in three cases and getting bail in three others. “Around 50 to 60 policemen in plainclothes bundled him inside a police vehicle and took him away from the jail gate on Saturday evening.
For the next 24 hours, the police did not even inform us about his whereabouts,” Jagdish Meshram, the lawyer of Mr. Kurwatkar, told The Hindu. Judicial remand Mr. Kurwatkar was produced before a Gadchiroli court “silently” on Sunday and was remanded in 10-day judicial custody. “He was arrested in January 2012 and was in different jails of Nagpur, Chandrapur and Gadchiroli districts for the last three years and eight months. He has been re-arrested in connection with a case registered in 2009. What were the police doing when he was in jail?” asked Mr. Meshram.
Terming Mr. Kurwatkar’s re-arrest “contempt of court” and “blatant violation of human rights” by the police, Mr. Meshram accused the police of trying to create terror in public psyche by resorting to “illegal means” to arrest his client. “Gadchiroli District Superintendent of Police told me that they have three more cases pending against my client. Is it some sort of a joke? A person, who has been in prison for the last three years and eight months is being hounded for FIRs registered five to six years ago. This is blatant violation of court guidelines. Police violated every single guideline and rule in the police manual by re-arresting my client from the jail gate,”said an agitated Mr. Meshram. Gadchiroli SP Sandip Patil could not be reached for comment.



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