Kathmandu, June 13, NepalHumanRights.COM
An Indian court on Monday handed down a three-year-sentence to a senior Maoist leader, C. P. Gajurel, who is currently being held in India on charge of passport forgery.
BBC said, Gajurel is likely to be freed in a few weeks time as he has already spent 34 months in Indian prison. Details are yet to come in.
Gajurel was arrested by Indian police in Chennai in August 2003 on the charge of attempting to board a London-bound flight on a forged passport. Maoists claim that nearly 140 Maoist leaders and cadres, including leader Mohan Baidya, are currently under detention in India on various charges.
Upon his return from New Delhi on Friday, Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala said Indian authorities were positive towards releasing the Maoist leaders held in India.