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An order banning the assembly of five or more people has been imposed in a court premises in West Bengal where former Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Lok Sabha member Laxman Seth and two of his associates – arrested in connection with the violent incidents in Nandigram in East Midnapore district in 2007 – are to be produced Tuesday.

The prohibitory order under Sec 144 of the Cr.P.C. has been issued to avoid any untoward incident during the hearing.

“Seth and two of his aides are to be produced before a court in Haldia today (Tuesday). We will seek further custody of the accused,” Deputy Inspector General (Operations-CID) K. Jayaraman said.

Seth was arrested from Mumbai March 17 and brought to the CID headquarters in Kolkata March 18.

Seth, along with Ashok Guria and Amiya Sahu, two district level leaders of the CPI-M, were arrested from a guest house in Chembur area of Mumbai March 17. They were produced at a court in Mumbai which handed them to CID custody on a transit remand till March 22.

Seth, a former MP of Tamluk – which includes Nandigram – and his two comrades are among the 88 people named in the chargesheet filed Jan 30 in relation to the death of six villagers and disappearance of seven others who had gone missing after armed clashes in Nandigram in November 2007.



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