Maoist duo arrested in Kolkata sent to police custody

Kolkata, April 3 (IANS) A city court here on Sunday sent top Maoist leaders Bikas Hembram and his wife Tara to 14 days police custody.

Claimed to be once close to now slain rebel chieftain Kishenji, Bikas alias Manasharam Hembram and Tara alias Thakurmani Hembram were arrested on Saturday by the Special Task Force (STF) of the Kolkata police from city’s Brigade Parade Ground area.

Charged with several offences, the duo was presented before a city court which remanded them in police custody till April 17.

A state committee member of the banned Communist Party of India-Maoist, Bikas, along with his wife, were involved several acts of violence including the 2010 attack in a Eastern Frontier Rifles (EFR) camp in Silda in West Midnapore district in which 24 paramilitary personnel were killed.

Police also seized a pistol, two magazines, and nine rounds of live cartridges from the duo and based on theit interrogation, raided a hideout in Mogra area in Hooghly district and recovered an AK-47 rifle and Maoist literature from there.

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