Suspected Maoists: Court allows custodial interrogation

Suspected Maoists: Court allows custodial interrogation

Agency News

The Kozhikode Sessions Court granted the request of the prosecution for the custodial interrogation of CPI(M) worker Alan Suhaib who had been booked for Maoist links.

Earlier, the Kerala High Court has rejected the bail petitions of Alan Shuhaib (20) and Thaha Fasal (24) who have been booked under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for alleged Maoist links.

Stating that the police are still investigating the allegations against them, the High Court on Wednesday stated that bail could not be granted. The prosecution, opposing the plea, argued that the police have enough evidence to prove that the two had links to Maoist Organisations.

Alan and Thaha, students of Kannur University, were arrested on November 1, 2019 from Pantheerankavu in Kozhikode for allegedly distributing pro-Maoist pamphlets against the gunning down of alleged Maoists by the thunderbolt forces in the forests of Palakkad.

On November 6, the Kozhikode Sessions Court had dismissed their bail application after which the two moved the Kerala High Court. Following the arrest, CPI(M) Kozhikode district secretary P Mohanan had sparked a controversy by alleging that extremist Islamic organisations operating in Kozhikode are backing Maoist groups in the state.