Saturday, April 11, 2009

Five Chhattisgarh Naxals hiding in Surat arrested

12 Apr 2009, 0554 hrs IST, TNN

SURAT: In a startling catch for the first time in Gujarat, five Naxalites hailing from Chhattisgarh were arrested on Friday from the industrial belt
of Hazira in Surat. The Naxalites were arrested in a joint operation by Chhattisgarh police and Surat crime branch.

They are alleged to be involved in a gruesome attack on a police van in Narayanpur district where 23 cops were killed in 2006. Top police officials said the Naxalites, including two women, were acting as a sleeper cell and used Surat and Hazira as a hiding place after carrying out attacks in Chhattisgarh. They were working as labourers in a construction company and living in the staff quarters near Singotar Mata temple.

The extremists - Arjun Ramlal Yadav, Surajlal Rupjiram Gond, Jankuram alias Dholuram Virsing Gond, Chandu alias Chanda Bavanji Gond and Sonmati Rasiya Gond - were all residents of Narayanpur district in Chhattisgarh. In Narayanpur, they have also been booked for offences under Arms Act and Explosive Substances Act.

The operation was planned after crime branch of Dhantri district of Chhattisgarh received a tip-off that the Naxalites were hiding in Surat. Deputy commissioner of police (crime) Subhash Trivedi said the group used to visit Chhattisgarh frequently.

The group had returned from Chhattisgarh around two months ago because their leader Arjun fell ill. Arjun was involved in several attacks on police and is believed to be the mastermind of artillery unit of Naxal movement in Chhattisgarh, police said.

"They used to return to Surat, either after carrying out attacks, or when any member fell ill," said Trivedi.
Crime branch sleuths also questioned them about their activities in south Gujarat region but Trivedi confirmed that being a sleeper cell, they were not involved in any nefarious activities in Gujarat.
Later, Chhattisgarh police took them to their state. Industries in Hazira employ a large number of labourers from Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and other Naxal-affected states.

(Inputs by Sandesh)

1 comment:

Fotospace said...

Interesting! Not the Naxalites have found adobe in Diamond City of India, Surat?