Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Naxals had planned to free Kobad Gandhy?

Updated on Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 10:23 IST
Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Had the Naxals planned to hijack the Howrah-bound Rajdhani Express in a bid to free their leader Kobad Gandhy?

As per a report published in a leading newspaper on Wednesday, the Naxal ideologue - nabbed from Delhi last September and has been in custody since then - was being taken to Midnapore via Allahabad on the Rajdhani Express for a court appearance, when intelligence inputs warned of a possibility of Naxals trying to hijack the train in the jungles of the Jharkhand-Bengal border area.

Following the intelligence input, there was high drama in Allahabad on Sunday evening when the train rolled out into the city station carrying the eight member Delhi Police team led by an officer of the Inspector rank along with one of the most dreaded Naxal leaders of the country.

A large contingent of the police force of Allahabad district was rushed to the railway station. Ambulances, blue beacon and siren-fitted police jeeps, vans all rushed towards the railway station.

As soon as the train came to a halt, a thick security blanket was thrown around Gandhy. He was later de-boarded and taken to the nearby cantonment police station and kept under the Ghandy was taken into security cover.

Top UP police bosses including DGP Karamveer Singh and his deputies — Additional DG (ATS) Brij Lal and ADG (railways) AK Jain issued specific instructions to their subordinates to plug-in even the minutest gap in security arrangements.

Apart from district police, the services of the Provincial Armed Constabulary, Government Railway Police and Railway Protection Force were also part of the action.

The police maintained the vigil till the next (Monday) evening and then Ghandy was escorted to the Bamrauli Airport in the city outskirts and put on a flight back to Delhi.

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