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Court rejects bail plea of Maoist leader

Malkangiri: Bail application of Maoist Sriramulu Srinivasalu, one of the ultras whose release had been demanded by abductors of Malkangiri district Collector R V Krishna, was rejected by a local court on Monday.

Additional District Judge M S Dhal rejected the bail plea of Srinivasalu, who had a week ago been granted bail by a Fast Track Court here in connection with another case, his lawyer R P Patnaik said.

The ultra continued to remain in jail in connection with the present case involving attack on policemen, he said.

The Maoist leader, who was arrested in July 2007 from Bariguda forest in Kalimela area of Malkangiri district, was a former chief of Revolutionary Writers Association.

He had been lodged in Malkangiri jail except for a few months when he was taken to neighbouring Andhra Pradesh in connection with some cases against him there.

The district collector and junior engineer Pabitra Majhi, who had been abducted on February 16 from Chitrakonda area, were released last week.

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