Friday, April 16, 2010

Nation-wide search operation to nab Naxal suspects

Yagnesh Mehta, TNN, Apr 15, 2010, 10.35pm IST

SURAT: Police have launched a nation-wide search operation to nab Naxalites with its special investigation team (SIT) going to the Naxal-affected states as part of the ongoing drive against them in Gujarat.

The SIT members and also Surat range inspector general of police A K Singh are meanwhile interrogating a few top Naxal leaders who are in custody after their recent arrests.

So far, police have nabbed nine Naxal operatives of Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Janashakti and a brother of one of the Naxal activists. Among those nabbed, Ramu Puvar is the senior most leader of CPI(ML) Janashakti. He was heading Maharashtra Gujarat Organising Committee (MGOC) and is counted as its top national leader.
Puvar has during his interrogation said that he was responsible for creating a base for the Naxal group in new areas like Gujarat and western Maharashtra, sources informed. Puvar, a tribal, had developed contacts in the tribal belt of south Gujarat and used to regularly visit them.

He had also participated in crucial planning meetings of CPI(ML) Janashakti held in Surat, Songadh and the Dang. Puvar was nabbed from Maharashtra from some where near Mumbai. Police have also seized many important documents from him which provide details about the group's activities.

Police believe that Puvar is trained in weapon handling and to carry out blasts. He is believed to have participated in training camps held in Naxal-affected regions in the past. The Naxal leader has good command over different languages which are spoken in the tribal region of Gujarat and Maharashtra, sources informed.

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