|By: Abhishek Anand|
|Date: 2010-05-06||Place: Delhi|
Those who claim to be the saviours of the poorest of the poor in the country are themselves at the forefront of
Target practice: Anu, wife of Naxal leader Gopal Mishra in police custody. She actively recruited poor labourers into Maoist fold
Sustained interrogation of Gopal Mishra, a close aide of Naxal ideologue Kobad Ghandy who was arrested from east Delhi on April 25, has told the police that he was receiving funds from one Banarsi Subramanium who is based in Sitamarhi, Bihar, to raise sleeper Naxal cells in Delhi.
Even in Delhi, the Naxal sympathisers were targeting the poor only.
"Their primary target was usually the displaced labourers," a Delhi Police Special Cell police officer pointed out.
He added that Mishra's wife Kanchan alias Anu, who was arrested along with him, was acting as his manager. "She used to search poor labourers and fix a meeting with his husband so that they can be brainwashed and recruited to carry out Naxal designs in the city," the officer said.
Sources said Anu came in touch with Maoist leaders in 1999. "She was given some money and pamphlets to recruit new members and was specifically told to target poor labourers in Delhi," they said.
Apart from Rs 72,500 in cash, a laptop and a diary that were seized from Mishra's house in east Delhi's Shahdra, the police is on the lookout for the pamphlets that were being used as publicity material by the couple and which would help the cops to establish their link with the Maoists.