Son of Orissa Maoist negotiator held, slapped with sedition charge

Orissa Police on Wednesday arrested the son of Dandapani Mohanty, a Maoist sympathiser who acted as an interlocutor in the negotiation for release of two Italian tourists earlier this year, on charges of carrying Maoist literature and arms.

Sangram, 35, a contractor, was arrested along with an associate, Kailash Mandal, by police from Gajapati district in Berhampur town of Ganjam district and then taken to Gajapati. Gajapati SP C S Meena said Maoist literature and leaflets were seized from them. Besides, 2 US-made firearms and about 100 rounds of bullets were recovered. The two have been charged under various provisions of IPC, including Section 124-A that deals with sedition, and UAPA.

Dandapani alleged his son was arrested as he protested the killing of villagers at Bhaliaguda by Ganjam police last month. "My son was a software engineer. Now he is a contractor. He has no Maoist or any such links. The police have arrested him as I was raising my voice for tribals," said Dandapani, who runs an organisation called Jan Adhikar Manch.

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