The UP-ATS claimed to have arrested four more
CPI-Maoist, taking the total arrests since October 15 to 10. One
of those arrested, was arrested from Chandauli District in eastern
UP, while Police are looking for another person from the village.
The UP Police claimed that Sunil Ravidas (30), who was arrested
from Chandauli, as well as 28-year-old Ranjit Paswan and Krishna
Kumar (42), arrested from Noida on October 15, were members of
the splinter Maoist organisation TSPC. The absconding accused
has been identified as Ramapati, also from Chandauli. While some
reports said one of the arrested persons was from Latehar, the
UP ATS and Jharkhand Police denied this. "None of the arrested
persons is from Latehar or Jharkhand," Latehar SP, Anup Birthare
said. The ATS said the 10 accused were "experts in bomb making",
and Ravidas was "the main person". The NIA is planning to also
question the accused.
At a press conference, IG, UP ATS, Aseem Arun
said that last month, the Gautam Budh Nagar District Police had
received a tip-off about "suspicious activities", from a local
in the area. "An aware citizen informed that some Naxalite activities
were taking place in Noida and some people are likely to carry
out a big incident around Diwali. On the basis of this information,
around 9 pm on October 15, a team of UP ATS and commandos surrounded
a flat in Hindon Vihar in Noida Sector 49 and arrested five persons…
After preliminary questioning, their associates were arrested,"
said Arun. He claimed that they moved in on Saturday night after
receiving information that weapons were being transported and
that the men were gathering.
Investigations indicated plans for kidnapping,
murder, bank and ATM robberies, the officer said. "There is a
new trend. Naxals are not just looking at dominating areas, they
want money. We are not experts in Bihar Naxalism, so the Intelligence
Bureau team, other agencies are here." In the five-decade history
of the Maoist struggle, this would be the first instance of Naxals
planning to loot an ATM. "They had taken up two flats on rent
and a small shop in Noida. The shop was used to carry out property
business. The nature of these operations is under investigation,"
Arun added. Sources claimed one of the accused may have carried
out Naxal operations under the garb of a real estate firm.
Police claim to have recovered 125 detonators,
three 32 bore pistols, one 9 mm pistol, three 315 bore country-made
revolvers, more than 80 cartridges, two laptops, 13 mobile phones,
cash amounting to INR 75,000, apart from four cars and a motorcycle,
from the men. Arun said an INSAS rifle, "belonging to one of the
forces", and two other recovered rifles were of "very good quality".
While five of the Maoists were arrested on Saturday night from
Noida, four were arrested from nearby Sadarpur area on Sunday.
Ravidas was arrested from Chandauli. Apart from Ravidas, Ranjit
Paswan and Krishna Kumar, Pawan Kumar Jha (25), Sunil Kumar Yadav
(25), Shailendra Kumar (41), Sachin Kumar (28), Suraj (22), Ashish
Saraswat (18), and Brij Kishor Tomar (22) were arrested. Six of
the accused - Ravidas, Paswan, Sachin Kumar, Saraswat, Tomar and
Suraj - are from UP. The others are from Bihar. Western UP, from
where three of the men come, has virtually no Naxal presence.
A court in Lucknow, remanded four CPI-Maoist cadres
arrested from Noida in seven-day custody of UP-ATS. "The ATS has
got remand of four naxals from today to October 26. The remand
was granted by CJM, Gautam Buddha Nagar on the application moved
by ATS on October 17," a senior Police official said. The Maoists,
who were taken in remand included Ranjit Paswan, Krishan Kumar,
Pawan Kumar Jha and Ashish Saraswat, he said. Averting a major
Maoist attack in the national capital and its neighbourhood, the
UP-ATS had on October 16 arrested a gang of rebels arresting 10
of them, including a self-styled 'area commander', and recovering
a huge cache of arms and ammunition. The LWEs were adept at making
bombs and were planning some incidents in the Delhi-NCR region,
IG, UP-ATS, Aseem Arun said. Nine Maoists were arrested from Noida,
on the outskirts of Delhi, while one from Chandauli District of