KOLKATA: Two suspected armed Maoists were detained near the residence of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee in Kalighat area here on Monday morning.The two Maoists, Sundari Singh Sardar and Sujato Singura, residents of Baghmundi in Purulia district, were detained by Kalighat police when they were seen suspiciously moving around near the chief minister’s residence. Firearms were recovered from the duo when they were stopped and searched by guards posted near Banerjee’s home.
In the initial investigation the duo claimed that they had come to Mamata Banerjee’s residence to surrender themselves. They are presently being questioned at Kalighat police station by the officers of the Special Task Force (STF) specialising in Maoist insurgency, to ascertain why the suspected Maoists did not approach Purulia police first if their motive was to surrender.
Sources revealed that the documents of the duo have been sent for verification and a background check of their crime records has also been initiated.“The suspected Maoists have said that they had come to surrender. They have surrendered the arms and ammunitions that they had brought with them. We are interrogating them,” said an officer. During initial questioning, Sundari Singh Sardar and Sujato Singurahad said they are connected to Maoist groups in Bagmundi.