|Vernon Gonsalves alias Vikram and (right) Sreedhar alias Vishnu|
An ATS officer who did not wish to be named said, "Vishnu and Vernon told us that in their organisation real identities are a top secret. Everyone knew each other only by code names."
According to ATS chief additional director general K P Raghuvanshi, "This is how underground organisations like these operate. The duo have revealed some code names, which we expect to decipher soon. However, it is likely that these people would have rehashed their code names after the duo's arrest."
|THOSE IN THE NAXAL EMBRACE |
Professors, advocates, social activists, trade unionists
|WHERE THEY MEET |
Railway stations, company cafeteria
|WHAT THEY DISCUSS |
Fund-raising, potential recruits to their cause
| Illustration by Sudhir Shetty |
According to the ATS officer, "The main purpose is to raise funds for their cause and recruit new individuals to their group."
When they meet, among other things, they discuss potential recruits, their traits, strengths, weaknesses and ways to brainwash them into joining their group. "Most of these Naxal activists are not from Mumbai and have taken up temporary jobs in the city," the officer said.
Vishnu and Vikram were picked up from a rented accommodation at Govandi. A revolver, a pistol, 106 CDs, Rs 6 lakh, a laptop, walkie-talkies and mobile phones, a few gelatine sticks, revolutionary literature and photographs of Naxal training camps in Maharashtra were seized from the duo.
The duo had been remanded to the custody of the ATS for 14 days till Sunday.
On Monday, they are likely to be handed over to the Gadchiroli police who are investigating Vishnu for extortion and theft. He is also wanted for in connection with the murders of policemen and informants while Vikram is wanted for an attempt to blow up a police van with a landmine and firing at a police party, and other unlawful activities.