Sunday, November 29, 2009

Ghandy's linkman in Capital is a DU scholar

Kumar Vikram
New Delhi, November 30, 2009

The Delhi Police claim to have identified the man who allegedly helped the Maoist leader, Kobad Ghandy, set up base in the Capital.

According to the police, Arvind Joshi (27), who is doing PhD at the Delhi University, has been a Maoist ideologue for several years. The research scholar also helped Ghandy recruit students from the city, said police.

A team of special cell had arrested Ghandy from near Bhikaji Cama Place in the south Delhi area on September 21. An officer investigating the case said the police did not know about Joshi till Ghandy's arrest.

During interrogation Ghandy reportedly revealed that Joshi, a resident of Uttarakhand, was with him on September 21.

However, Joshi managed to give the police the slip. While leaving, Joshi took away his laptop and a hard disk.

On October 8, the police had filed plea before a city court, seeking extension of Ghandy's remand. They also mentioned they were looking for a PhD student called, Arvind Joshi. Joshi, who is from Haldwani in Uttarakhand, was believed to have hidden Ghandy at his rented accommodation in the Badarpur area of south Delhi.

Later police found that Joshi had removed a set of Maoist literature, documents, CDs, a laptop and the hard disk of another laptop as well as Rs 5 lakh from his house.

Ghandy's interrogation also revealed Joshi had been closely associated with the Maoist movement.

They met about five years ago and since then they were working together, added the officer.

The special cell is now tracking his movement. The officer said that Joshi was also leading the movement in Uttarakhand.

The police said Joshi used to stay in a small rented house in the Uttam Nagar area of west Delhi. He had taken that flat with the help of a person from Uttarakhand. "Kobad Ghandy also stayed there for some time. There they met a person from Nepal with whose help both Ghandy and Joshi got voter I-cards made," said the officer.

They got the voter I-cards made under fake names. The police had also seized the voter I- card bearing the photo of Ghandy. However, the name is mentioned as Dilip Patel and the address belonged to west Delhi's Janakpuri.
Later Ghandy had shifted to Badarpur as he was on the radar of the Andhra Pradesh police.

Joshi is a well-educated person. He has completed his higher secondary level education in convent schools of Uttarakhand.

The special cell personnel are now gathering more information on Joshi and his links in the city.

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