Surat police arrest former journalist for Maoist links

‘Incriminating’ documents, Oriya books on Maoist movement recovered

The Surat Rural police arrested a 37-year-old man from Pandesara on Tuesday night for his alleged involvement in Maoist movement in the city and different tribal areas of south Gujarat.

Niranjan Mahapatra was produced before a local court on Wednesday, which sent him to police remand for 10 days. Surat Range IG A K Singh said, “We are keeping a close watch in the region. We are investigating to find out his (Mahapatra’s) associates.”

The Special Operations Group (SOG) arrested Mahapatra, who was once a freelance journalist, following a tip-off. The police claimed to have found several incriminating documents and books in Oriya related to Maoist movements from his rented accommodation at Jagannath Nagar. They refused to divulge more details

Neighbours told the police that Mahapatra would rarely interact with them and many times his house remained locked for 15-20 days. According to the police, he earlier worked as a freelance journalist in Oriya newspapers. He is also believed to be associated with workers’ unions.

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