Ghandy met Prachanda, knew of Induwar’s killing, say police

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) Delhi Police Friday filed a chargesheet against arrested Maoist ideologue Kobad Ghandy, saying he had met Nepal Maoist chief Prachanda abroad and knew about the abduction and killing of Jharkhand cop Francis Induwar.

The chargesheet running into over 35 pages was filed before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kaveri Baweja. In it, the special cell of Delhi Police stated that Ghandy was involved in anti-national activities and was in Delhi to set up a base for Maoist activities before his arrest in September last year.

Police informed the court about several of his foreign trips to countries like Germany, Belgium and Nepal, where he met Prachanda, to discuss the activities of his organisation, the banned Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist).

According to the chargesheet, Ghandy said in his disclosure statement that he is an active central committee member and politburo member of his group and was underground in Delhi for the past three years. He also had knowledge about the abduction and killing of Jharkhand police officer Induwar last year.

Police told the court that during interrogation, Ghandy proved he was one of the main pillars of the CPI-Maoist and a think thank for the outfit.

Police also mentioned that Ghandy did not cooperate with the investigating officer, kept complaining about his ill-health and did not disclose any material facts about his associates and the illegal activities of his banned outfit.

After this, police had to demand a narco test, which was later stayed by the high court.

Ghandy disclosed that the organisation had assigned codes to various front groups to maintain secrecy, police said.

The court will take cognisance of this chargesheet March 4.

In December last year, Baweja granted police 90 more days to file a chargesheet against Ghandy after dismissing his statutory bail application.

Under the provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code, the investigating agency has to complete the probe within 90 days in the case of severe offences. But the court, using its discretion, empowered police to extend the period of Ghandy’s detention.

Ghandy has been booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act after his arrest Sep 20 last year.

– Indo-Asian News Service


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