The Jharkhand Police on Saturday rearrested Maoist ideologue Kobad Ghandy from Achhampet area in Telangana, where he had gone to attend a case hearing, The Hindu reported. Ghandy had been released on bail from Visakhapatnam Central Jail on December 12.
Ghandy had first been arrested in 2009 on charges of establishing a network of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) in Delhi. Ghandy was acquitted of terror charges by Delhi’s Patiala House Court in June 2016. He, however, continued to remain in prison as proceedings in 14 other cases against him are still pending – before his release on December 12.
On Saturday, police brought Ghandy to Hyderabad and produced him before the Nampally criminal court in connection with a case from 2007, the Hindustan Times said. The police team then took Ghandy to Bokaro.
The Maoist ideologue said in a handwritten note issued to the press that the First Information Report in the case had been pending since 2010. “For seven years the police did not bother about this case, but in order to keep me in jail as an under trial indefinitely, they arrested me immediately on release,” he said.
Ghandy said he was 71 years old and in very poor health, and that doctors at the Apollo Hospital in Hyderabad had advised him a months’ rest. “It is clear that police methods are being used to kill me legally,” Ghandy said. “If anything serious happens to my health in jail, I will hold the government responsible. Given that I have been acquitted in all cases, and that most accused have been acquitted in this case, and my age and health condition, demand my immediate release.”