Kathmandu, Sept 30 - The government today produced senior Maoist leaders Matrika Yadav and Suresh Ale Magar before the Patan Appellate Court in connection with a murder case against them.
The two are in police custody on charge of murdering the then IGP of the Armed Police Force Krishna Mohan Shrestha in January 26, 2003.
The two Maoist leaders, along with Maoist supreme Prachanda, Ram Bahadur Thapa ‘Badal’ and Baburam Bhattarai, have been charged with murder by the government for the killing of Shrestha. Shrestha, his wife and a bodyguard were killed in the shootout carried out by suspected Maoists in Lalitpur over two-and-a-half years ago.
The government has demanded maximum punishment for the accused under the clause 3 of the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Control Ordinance.The two leaders have also been kept in detention under the same ordinance.
The court has begun recording the statement of the accused Maoist leaders. According to a source, the process of taking the statement of Magar has been completed today. The source said Magar denied his involvement in the killing.