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Police interrogate Indian priests on links with Maoists

Police in eastern India have interrogated two Catholic priests concerning their alleged links with an extremist group.

Police in Bihar state picked up Fr Anthony Pendanath SJ and Fr Hilarious Kujur three days after suspected members of the Maoist Communist Centre (MCC) murdered two people.

The priests were questioned on Tuesday in Ramnagar police station in West Champaran district, 980 km east of New Delhi, but released that same evening after hours of questioning.

Fr Charles Moses, who is in charge of Ramnagar parish in Bettiah diocese, told UCA News that after the priests were freed, they said to him that the police showed "due respect and courtesy during the interrogation."

A police interrogator said the priests had been detained because of pressure from above, "but we could find no evidence to establish their collusion with the MCC ultras."

UCA News

29 May 2003