PANJIM, MAY 6
Sambu Beck, leader of a well-known Naxalite group Maobadi Trishul Manch (MTM) was arrested today by Goa Police alongwith 17 of his supporters from Mapusa.
Goa Police officials said that Sambu was wanted in several cases including murders, rapes and cases under the Arms Act.
While Sambu was arrested from Mapusa, the others were arrested from Bhoma and Old Goa.
Disclosing this at a press conference, Goa Anti Terrorist Squad Chief Atmaram Deshpande said that Sambu, the 25 year old MTM leader was arrested after specific information received from the Orissa Police a week ago.
“The Orissa Police (Sundargarh) informed us a week ago that Sambu, who is involved in many dreaded crimes, was taking shelter in Goa,” Deshpande said adding “Upon receiving the info the Goa Police launched a joint operation involving two agencies the Crime Branch as well as the Anti Terrorist Squad.”
After almost a week of launching the operation the Goa Police teams today arrested Sambu from Mapusa alongwith 17 of his supporters from Old Goa, Mapusa and Bhoma (Ponda), he said.
Deshpande informed that 17 supporters arrested have been working in different industrial estates in Goa at Kundaim, Karaswada etc
When asked whether the accused was only taking shelter or was planning anything in Goa, Deshpande replied, “This will be known only during the course of interrogation.”
“We have informed the Sundargarh police and they will be Goa to take the custody of the accused,” he said.
On whether the supporters too were involved in the crime, he said, “As of now we have no knowledge but things would be clear in a few days time.”
Asked whether the nakabandis all over the State was due to this information, he replied in negative.
“There is no link between the nakanbandis and this operation,” he said.
Interestingly, the police did not find any weapons from the accused or any of his supporters.
Asked whether he retaliated or tried to escape during the operation, Deshpande said, “he did make an arrest but was not successful.”