The CPI (Maoist) on Saturday night called for a nationwide bandh on October three to protest the against the arrest of tribal leader Chhatradhar Mahato, responsible for agitations in Lalgarh area.
Maoist leaders say the manner of the arrest was “unethical”.
“The police disguised as journalists arrested Chhatradhar and that is not only unethical but it also puts a question mark on the intergrity and honesty of the mediaperson in general.”top Maoist leader Kishenji was reported as saying to the told PTI news agency over the phone.
Kishenji, speaking from an undisclosed location, said, “The incident happened as we have always maintained a very good relation with the media and the police have taken the advantage of our faith.”
Earlier Mahato, the leader of People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA), was arrested from Pirka near Lalgarh when he was preparing for an interview to a journalist, who was trailed by the police.