Friday, January 25, 2008

'Ferreira naxal mastermind in Chanda'

25 Jan 2008, 0344 hrs IST,Mazhar Ali,TNN


CHANDRAPUR: Suspected naxalite Arun Ferreira, who was arrested from Mumbai last year, was a big catch - he masterminded development of the rebel network in Chandrapur district, police have revealed.

Chandrapur superintendent of police Cherring Dorje said, "He used to run an frontal organisation called Vidyarthi Pragati Sangathana in Mumbai which was banned by the government. Later, he came to Chandrapur in 2001 and stayed here till 2006 in different places of the district. With the help of Arun Bhelke, he formed Desh Bhakti Yuva Mancha to recruit more youths for the banned outfit of CPI (Maoist)."

Corroborating Dorje's statement, additional director general of anti naxal operations (ANO), Pankaj Gupta said the entire naxal network in the district was developed by Ferreira with the help of persons like Arun Bhelke and Manoj Sonule who used to receive remuneration on regular basis from Ferreira and other top naxal leaders.

Dorje added that Bhelke was in charge of the recruitment. "After the recruitments were done, the youths were trained in handling arms and running the nexus in such an efficient way that they can be termed as professional revolutionaries," Dorje said adding that it was 'unfortunate' that they used names of Ambedkar and Bhagat Singh whose ideology differ from that of theirs, to motivate youths of the district. He added that more high profile naxal cadres are expected to be arrested in the coming days.

Earlier, sources from Chandrapur police, revealed that Manoj Sonule, the naxal who was arrested with a foreign-made carbine, was on a regular pay-scale of the banned outfit CPI(Maoist) and used to receive substantial bonus on delivery of each consignment of arms and inflammatory literature. Many of the arrested accused were operational at different places under different assumed names, said police sources.

Sources informed that Manoj who has ideologically accepted the naxal movement, used to receive Rs 2000 as honorarium every month, apart from the travelling allowance and other expenses. "He was in regular touch with state secretary of CPI (Maoist) Milind Teltumbde. He also received a lumpsum amount of Rs 30,000 from an assignment recently," sources said. Sonule had received training in arms-handling in Abujhmad jungles and was operational under four names, sources added.

"Arun Bhelke, president of Deshbhakti Yuva Manch, used to operate in the district with different names," sources added.

Sources further informed that financial transactions of Arun Bhelke too are under scanner and records show that he has made recent transactions of up to Rs 50,000. Police, after dealing with the active cadres of naxal nexus will turn its attention to the financial patrons of these naxal activists, sources informed.

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