Swiss national detained for attending memorial function for a Maoist in Kerala
news Monday, January 05, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute| July 29, 2014| 4.00 pm IST A Swiss national, Jonathan Bond has been detained by the Kerala police after the former attended the memorial function organised for Sinoj, an alleged maoist in Thrissur. Reports say that Jonathan also spoke during the memorial function held in a private hall in Thriprayar, Thrissur. Police say that Bond, who came to Kerala with a tourist visa, was staying in Kannur before he set off to Thrissur to attend the function on Monday. Police add that Jonathan did not have a passport with him. He is still under custody and is being questioned. Meanwhile, Manorama News reports that according to Bond, who is 24 years old, he has no connection with the Maoists and that he is in India to study history. He further told the police that he reached Kerala on July 10, and that he is a supporter of extremist left groups. He said that he decided to attend Sinojās memorial function after learning about it through newspapers. The police have also searched the lodge in Kannur where Bond and his girlfriend were staying, but could not find any evidence. The police say that Bond will only be released after thorough questioning. Sinoj, according to Kerala police was a maoist from Kerala died while he was making bombs in Andhra Pradesh.