Woman Naxal, whom Maoists wanted freed, applies for bail

Raipur: On the day when abducted Sukma Collector Alex Paul Menon was freed, a jailed woman Naxal, who was among the extremists and whose release was demanded by Maoists in exchange for the IAS officer, applied for bail.

Meena Chaudhary is in prison since January 2008 for her alleged involvement in Naxal activities in Chhattisgarh.

Chaudhary`s lawyer Sadiq Ali on Thursday told PTI that he filed a bail application on behalf of his client in a local court. The plea will be heard today.

Ali said he was contacted by two Maoist mediators B D Sharma and Prof G Hargopal on Wednesday and told to file bail applications for Chaudhary and another woman Naxal Malati.

Bail plea of Malati could not be filed as her family members failed to arrive in the city on Thursday, he said.

Chaudhary and Malati were arrested over four years ago in connection with the seizure of a huge cache of arms in Dagania area of the state capital. The trial in the case is currently on.

Chaudhary and Malati were among 17 persons whose release was demanded by Maoists for freeing Menon.

Chief Minister Raman Singh has clarified that no assurance has been given other than the agreement reached with Maoists for reviewing the cases of all prisoners languishing in Chhattisgarh jails, including the cases demanded by the Maoists.