ATS ar­rests 7 sus­pected Maoists in Mumbai

The Hitavada - - 2ND FRONTPAGE -

THE Anti Ter­ror­ism Squad (ATS) of the Ma­ha­rash­tra Po­lice has ar­rested seven sus­pected Maoists, work­ing for the Golden Cor­ri­dor Com­mit­tee, formed to spread their ide­ol­ogy in Ma­ha­rash­tra and Gu­jarat, of­fi­cials said on Satur­day.

Ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial, the ar­rests were made af­ter raids were con­ducted in the eastern sub­urbs of the city late last night.

Ban­ners re­lated to the Bhima Kore­gaon event held re­cently to mark the 200th an­niver­sary of the Bhima Kore­gaon bat­tle in Pune district were seized from two of the ac­cused, sources said.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, the ATS will probe if the ar­rested ac­cused were in­volved in the vi­o­lence in Mumbai and sub­urbs. “Based on spe­cific in­for­ma­tion in con­nec­tion with the move­ments of mem­bers of the banned Com­mu­nist Party of In­dia (Maoist), the Kala­chowki unit of the ATS ini­tially nabbed one sus­pect from the Kalyan rail­way sta­tion yes­ter­day,” the of­fi­cial said. Dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion, he re­vealed he and his col­leagues from the Kam­raj Na­gar, Ram­abai Ambed­kar Na­gar and Vikhroli ar­eas of sub­ur­ban Mumbai were work­ing for the CPI(Maoist).

Af­ter get­ting vi­tal in­for­ma­tion, the ATS formed spe­cial teams and raids were car­ried out in Ram­abai Na­gar, Kam­raj Na­gar and Vikhroli, dur­ing which seven Maoists were ar­rested. All the ar­rested per­sons were from Te­lan­gana and work­ing for the CPI(Maoist), he said.

ATS sleuths seized in­crim­i­nat­ing doc­u­ments re­lated to the banned or­gan­i­sa­tion, he added.

An of­fence un­der sec­tions 20, 38, 39 of the Un­law­ful Ac­tiv­i­ties (Pre­ven­tion) Act has been reg­is­tered at ATS Kala­chowki and a probe is un­der­way. The ar­rested per­sons were pro­duced be­fore court, which sent them to ATS cus­tody till Jan­uary 16. “Maoists have de­clared parts of Ma­ha­rash­tra and Gu­jarat as Golden Cor­ri­dor for prop­a­ga­tion of their ide­ol­ogy and spread of their move­ment in the in­dus­trial belt,” he said.

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