Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Inter-state Maoist arms racket busted: police

Ranchi/New Delhi, July 15 (PTI) An inter-state Maoist arms racket has been busted with the arrest of a businessman in the national capital and his counterpart in Jharkhand with recovery of a huge cache of bulletproof jackets and sophisticated gadgets.

"He is not a Naxal. His involvement was completely commercial. He was procuring equipment which are illegal.He is part of procuring some material and equipment for operational purposes (of Naxals)," Delhi Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal said providing information about the arrested businessman Praveen Sharma.

Sharma's custody will be transferred to Jharkhand police as he was wanted by them. By profession he is an electronics trader, Dadwal said.

The arrest of the businessman in Palika Bazaar area of Connaught Place yesterday was effected after Jharkhand Police tipped their counterparts in Delhi about his role as weapon supplier to banned Maoist groups, sources here said.


Source: Zee News

Naxal consignment seizure: Businessman to be produced before court Updated on Wednesday, July 15, 2009, 13:20 IST
Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Praveen Sharma, a Delhi-based businessman who was on Tuesday arrested on charges of supplying hi-tech equipment to Maoists operating in Bihar and Jharkhand through a Ranchi-based businessman, will be produced in a court here today.

After receiving specific information from the Ranchi Police, the Special Cell of the Delhi Police arrested Praveen Sharma yesterday following the seizure of modern equipment meant for the Maoists.

The consignment sent to Ranchi as cargo from New Delhi on an Air India domestic flight included 60 Motorola wireless sets, 60 radio wireless sets and some micro tape recorders, Senior Superintendent of Police Praveen Kumar said.

The police also found chargers, batteries, cassette recorders and transistor radio sets from the consignment meant for Naresh Sharma, a senior manager at Delhi-based Sekhar Construction Company.

Naresh Sharma was later arrested from his office situated at Daltonganj in Jharkhand’s Palamau district. The SSP claimed that he had confessed to be a supplier the Maoists.

Simultaneous raids were made in Delhi, Daltonganj and Ranchi, the SSP said.

Several bullet-proof jackets were also recovered in a raid at the Ranchi residence of businessman Naresh Sharma.

The Ranchi Police initially detained three persons who had come to receive the consignment from the Air India office at Pradhan Tower on Mahatma Gandhi road in Ranchi.

"All these three people (Ashish Sharma, Rahul Sharma and Robin Samar) reached there (cargo office of the domestic carrier) to receive the consignment. All three of them were unaware of what was in it. These three reached there to receive the consignment on behalf of Naresh Sharma. We reached there and recovered all this. On knowing that all this had been brought by Naresh Sharma, we arrested him at Palamu," said SSP Kumar.

The Delhi Police too recovered bullet-proof jackets, sophisticated night vision binoculars and other electronic devices from Praveen Sharma's possession. These too were due to be transhipped to Maoists in Jharkhand on the next consignment.


Naxal tech supplier to be produced in court today

A Delhi-based businessman who has allegedly supplies hi-tech equipment to Naxalites, will be produced in court in Delhi on Wednesday. He has been accused of supplying hi-tech equipment to Maoists in Jharkhand and Bihar..

A DELHI-BASED businessman who was arrested for allegedly supplying hi-tech equipment to Naxalites in Jharkhand and Bihar, will be produced in court in the national capital on Wednesday. Praveen Sharma was arrested by a special cell of the Delhi police on Tuesday after a consignment of wireless sets and bulletproof jackets was recovered by Ranchi police.

Sharma was arrested on specific information provided by Jharkhand police. Sharma has been accused of supplying hi-tech equipment to Maoists through a conduit in Ranchi.
The consignment was sent to Ranchi on an Air India flight as cargo and was meant for one Naresh Sharma, a manager working in a construction company. The consignment contained 60 Motorola wireless sets, 60 radio wireless sets and some micro tape recorders. It also included chargers, batteries and cassette recorders meant for use by Naxal terrorists.

Jharkhand police said that Naresh Sharma was arrested from his office in Palamau district. Police claimed that Sharma had reportedly admitted to acting as a supplier for Naxalites. What raised the suspicion of police was the presence of several bulletproof jackets at Sharma's residence.

The Delhi police also recovered high-powered binoculars from the possession of the Delhi-based Sharma.

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