//Police find no incriminating material in Baud’s hotel room

Police find no incriminating material in Baud’s hotel room

4 July 2014

KOZHIKODE: The books police recovered from the hotel room of the Swiss national Jonathan Baud, who was arrested for alleged Maoist connection, include the works of former CPI general secretary A B Bardhan and a CPI leader from Chattisgarh.

According to the police, there was no material in the room that linked Jonathan with the Maoists. The Swiss national was arrested for violating visa rules by attending the meeting held in memory of Maoist leader Sinoj, who was killed in an accidental blast on June 16.

The books recovered from the hotel room are ‘Problem of Naxalite Extremism and Its Solutions’ by C R Bakshi, ‘Message of 21st Patna Party Congress’ by U N Mithra, ‘Subash Chandra Bose and Indian Communist Movement’ by Gautham Chatterjee apart from Bardhan’s ‘Economic Growth: Development and Empowerment’.

A few paper cuttings on the death of Sinoj and the commemoration meeting at Thruprayar from English newspapers were also found at the hotel. Jonathan and his girlfriend stayed at the hotel, from where the former left for Thrissur.

None of the books are related to Maoist movement. C R Bakshi is a CPI leader from Chattisgarh, who had organised protests demanding the release of Dr Binayak Sen, the physician arrested for alleged Maoist links. The book by U N Mithra is the document presented at the 21st party Congress of the CPI held at Patna in March 2012.

Police believe that Jonathan is a communist sympathizer and his version that he landed at the Sinoj memorial meeting after seeing the news in an English daily could be true. He had also attended the Gaza solidarity meet organized by the CPM in Kozhikode on July 24.

The organizers of the Sinoj memorial meet also had clarified that they had not invited Jonathan for the function. He sat through till the end of the meeting and expressed his desire to address the gathering after the meet was over, said the organizers of the meeting.

Meanwhile, Kodungallur judicial first class magistrate court is likely to pronounce orders on Friday on the police petition for getting the Swiss youth into police custody.

The magistrate on Thursday issued a warrant to the police to produce the Swiss youth Jonathan Baud who is now under detention at sub-jail in Irinjalakkuda in Thrissur district, before the court on Friday.