Bengal not to oppose bail plea of Maoist leader Sushil Roy

Indo Asian News Service

Kolkata, Dec 10 (IANS) The West Bengal government Monday announced it would not oppose the bail plea of ailing top Maoist leader Sushil Roy, who was involved in several cases.

Roy, in his mid-70s, is now being treated at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi.

"Considering his age, we won't oppose his bail if an application is filed in court," Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee told media persons at the state secretariat Writers' Buildings.

The rebel leader was facing trial in various cases of violence, arson and murder in Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha.

On Nov 22, Roy was granted bail by the Jharkhand High Court.

A mass petition was given to the chief minister by Magsaysay award-winner writer Mahasweta Devi and a few others for his release.

Roy was arrested from West Midnapore May 21, 2005.

Banerjee also announced that 51 lifers, who have been languishing in jail for years, would also be released.