Swiss national held for suspected Maoist link
THRISSUR: A 24-year-old Swiss national has been
arrested after he allegedly attended a function organised in memory of a Maoist
activist at Valapad. Police said Jonathan Bold, who arrived in Kerala on a
tourist visa, attended a meeting organised in memory of Sinoj, a Maoist
activist from Kerala, who was killed while making country bombs in
Andhra-Karnataka border last month.
The meeting was organised by a group having Maoists and
Naxalite sympathies. Sinoj belonged to Valapad in Kerala. Jonathan has been
charged under the Foreigners Act, Section 14(b), which pertains to violation of
visa conditions. Police said some Maoist literature has been recovered from
Jonathan arrived in Kerala on July 10 with a woman
companion and had visited Kannur and other parts of the state before arriving
here on Monday. Since he speaks French, the help of an interpreter conversant
in French would be sought for detailed interrogation, police said.