Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Red Terror: Arrest in Delhi sparks Naxal alert

Mid-Day.com, Wednesday April 28, 2010, Delhi


The red terror is expanding its operations and base by the day. So if you feel you are out of reach for these guerrilla warriors, it's time to think again.

The Special Cell of the Delhi Police arrested a top Naxalite leader from the congested east Delhi district of Shahdara on Tuesday. Gopal Mishra, 48, is a commander rank officer of the CPI (Maoist).

"A native of Malda in West Bengal, Mishra was staying in Shahdara for the past one-and-a-half years. He was a close aide of Naxal ideologue Kobad Ghandy and was associated with rebel sympathisers in the city," a senior police officer said.

Based on the information given out by Mishra during interrogation, the police would conduct raids at various places in the national capital, the officer added.

Mishra had met Kobad Ghandy a couple of times before the latter was arrested by the Delhi Police. He used to motivate people to join the Naxal movement. Earlier on April 4, the police had picked up Delhi University's assistant lecturer in Hindi department, Sunil Mandiwal, for his suspected links to the Maoists. After no concrete evidence was found against him, Mandiwal was released.

Kobad Ghandy, who was arrested by the special cell of Delhi police in September 20 last year and is presently lodged in Tihar Jail, was entrusted with the job of building up the Naxal movement in urban areas.

To win over their sympathisers in middle class and urban sections, Maoists had formed a Sub-Committee on Mass Organisations (SUCOMO) and Ghandy was heading it.

On April 11, Maoists bid to free Ghandy was foiled by police officials after they received intelligence inputs about the rebels' plan to ambush Delhi-Howrah Express near Mizapur on Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand border.

Ghandy was being taken to West Midnapore at that time but was taken off the train in Allahabad and brought back to Tihar jail where he is being kept in solitary confinement.

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