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Kisenji killing an insider job? Suchitra doubted


C S BHATTACHARJEE | Kolkata, March 13, 2012 11:31
Tags : The Sunday Indian | Bengal | Kolkata | Maoists | Kishenji | surrender | killing | Suchitra Mahato | Suchitra-Trinamool Congress nexus | inner circles | sand-mining syndicate | Chief Minister | Mamta Banerjee | breaking from polce cord | escape | covert operation |

The surrender of top Maoist commander Suchitra Mahato, has raised many an eye brows in the Maoist inner circles. The major question raised was Koteshwar Rao alias Kisenji a victim of Suchitra-Trinamool Congress nexus?

The question gained ground as it is revealed that Suchitra is married to Pradip Garai, a Trinamool leader with close links to sand-mining syndicate. Suchitra surrendered before Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, along with her husband Pradip, on 10 March at Writers Buildings. Wearing a fashionable blouse and a green saree, which is not easily available in Jungle Mahal, she seemed to be at ease, with no sign of stress or anxiety on her face.

Suchitra Mahato (left) after surrenderingSources close to Maoists claim that Suchitra was arrested along with Kisenji and a few of his body guards two days before Kisenji was declared ‘killed in encounter’. Few daily newspapers at that time mentioned quoting police sources that ‘identity of the arrested can not be divulged for security reasons’. Maoists claim, this arrested person was none other than Suchitra. Suchitra’s dramatic escape breaking police cordon, was a drama spread by the police to divert public attention, they claim. There were holes in the story spread by the sleuths. While one source claimed that injured Suchitra fled to Jharkhand after getting primary treatment from a quack; while another police source claimed that she fled to Odisha.

Interestingly, Pradip Garai and Suchitra belong to the same village of Lalgarh and both had lost their spouses few months back. Pradip, a former member of Police Santras Birodhi Janasadharaner Committee (PSBJC), was also known to Suchitra as neighbour. Sashadhar Mahato, Suchitra’s husband and younger brother of Chhatradhar Mahato, was killed in an alleged fake encounter. After her husband's death Pradeep and Suchitra came close and decided to settle together. Pradip bartered the deal with police through TMC and laid the trap cajoling the Maoist leader in to a 'dialogue' with a noted TMC leader. Suchitra was close to Kisenji and he trusted her assurance of security and stepped into the trap.

Maoists termed ‘Kisenji killng’ as a case of ‘covert operation’, which means betrayal by a trusted commander. Now Maoists claim, the ‘covert commander’ was Suchitra herself, who led several violent operations including attack of Shilda EFR Camp. After Kisenji's killng issue took back seat, Suchitra was taken to somewhere in Bankura and was treated by a well-trained doctor of Bankura Christian College. Police sources reveal that she was treated under direct supervision of a doctor of a Government hospital. After her surrender, she is again admitted in a private nursing home and reportedly underwent a surgery.

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