Mahato, the previous convenor of the Maoist-backed People Against Police Atrocities (PCPA), was nabbed from his residence in Jhargram district by an NIA group comprising of 40-45 personnel late on Saturday, hours after he exercised his franchise.
“He was arrested in connection with the 2009 killing of CPI(M) leader Prabir Mahato. He has been booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. We will produce him at a city court on Sunday,” the NIA official stated.
The Calcutta High Court had not too long ago directed Mahato to seem earlier than the NIA thrice per week to help it in investigation of the case.
Mahato, 50, had earlier served a 10-year sentence for his involvement in a landmine blast triggered by Maoists in Salboni in 2008, aimed on the convoy of the then West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya and former Union minister Ramvilas Paswan.