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Kobad aide held; plan to strike Delhi found
Published on 21 Feb. 2010 11:24 PM IST
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Arvind Joshi, an MCom student and alleged accomplice of top Maoist ideologue Kobad Ghandy, has been arrested along with seven others by Uttar Pradesh STF at Kanpur. Delhi Police will now seek remand of Joshi who they believe holds vital information regarding Naxalite activities in Delhi and NCR. The UP police also claimed to have seized two hard disks and Maoist literature from Joshi and his accomplices. Joshi, police said, is a member of the central committee of CPI (Maoist) and also secretary of northern regional committee. He is alleged to have fled from Badarpur in Delhi, along with hard disks and other documents, after the arrest of Ghandy in September last year. Sources also claimed the hard disks contain the plan to carry out strikes in Delhi and NCR, and also substantial information about Naxalite contacts of Ghandy. The emails sent and received by Kobad and Joshi to their contacts is of vital importance, police said. The Andhra police, which is assisting Delhi Police with the investigations, says it has information that Naxalites want to make a ‘‘big impression’’ by carrying out a strike in Delhi or NCR. ‘‘They are desperate to strike and this can also be gauged from the recent strikes they have carried out in Bihar and West Bengal,’’ said an Andhra Pradesh police officer. Additional director general (Law and Order) Brij Lal said, ‘‘We have nabbed a man named Arvind. He is believed to be an accomplice of Kobad Ghandy. We have also seized literature from him, which was written by Ghandy. Two hard disks were seized, which are being examined. Arvind was arrested along with seven others and all of them are in police custody.’’ Delhi Police also said Ghandy is not suffering from prostate cancer, a claim made by the Maoist ideologue at the time of his arrest. ‘‘We have put him through various medical tests. The reports have revealed that he was not suffering from cancer. However, due to his age, doctors say he is suffering from a mild heart ailment and prostate problems,’’ said a senior police officer. Ghandy’s counsel Vishal Gohain too said, ‘‘He was not diagnosed with cancer. He is only suffering from a prostate problem, which we thought could be serious.’’ Because of his old age and ill health, Delhi HC turned down cop’s plea to conduct a narco test on Ghandy. In their 700-page chargesheet filed in a Delhi court, police said that after Ghandy’s arrest, state-wise bandhs were announced by Maoists in Chhattisgarh and Andhra on October 1 and 3 last year, and that they were in possession of the pamphlets distributed by Maoists regarding the bandhs. Police claimed Ghandy was in the know of the Naxalites’ plot to abduct and behead police inspector Francis Induwar in Jharkhand last year, as reported by Times News Network. Following the threat of urban terrorism, Delhi Police officers are also being made to undergo a training programme in Naxalite strategy and urban terrorism at the National Police Academy in Hyderabad. ‘‘The decision was taken by home ministry. Senior police officers from Naxalite infested areas are sensitized about the ultras’ modus operandi. The training was started last year and Delhi cops are also being made part of the module due to increasing movement of Naxalites in the capital,’’ said an official from the ministry.

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