Friday, June 12, 2009

ATS submits chargesheet against Maoists arrested in 2007

Mumbai (PTI): Two years after the arrest of suspected Maoists - Shridhar Srinivasan and Vernon Gonsalves - Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) has submitted a chargesheet against the two for initiating 'Guerilla war' against the state.

"As a part of the banned organisation, all the accused were initiating armed guerilla war against the state," said the chargesheet submitted before a sessions court on June 8.

According to the prosecution, while Srinivasan was a national member, Gonsalves was a state leader of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist).

The duo, along with four other absconding accused -- Gajrala Sariayya, Milind Teltimbde, Ishkara and Seema Hirani -- have been booked for heinous crimes of waging war and indoctrinating men to wage war against the country.

They are also charged for collecting money to hatch a criminal conspiracy and involving in organised crime syndicate.

If the charges are proved, they can face a maximum punishment of death penalty.

Srinivasan and Gonsalves have also been booked for running training camps for handling and using arms and explosives.

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