Saturday, January 12, 2008

Student nabbed for Naxal link

CHANDRAPUR: Close on the heels of arresting two alleged Naxalites with a Chinese carbine, Chandrapur police has nabbed a 20-year-old student Raman Punekar from Ballarpur. The police believe that Punekar, who is a student of BA Part-I, of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule College of Ballarpur, is an associate of the earlier arrested persons.

The police got a tip-off of his alleged involvement during interrogation of Manoj and Vinayak Sonule, who were arrested from Chandrapur a couple of days ago.

A police team conducted a series of raids in Rajura, Ballarpur and Wani areas before zeroing in on Punekar. It is learnt that Punekar stayed in Bhagat Singh ward locality in Ballarpur. The police claimed they recovered Naxal literature and two firearms.

Sources say that there was a long range ballistic weapon was recovered during one of the raids, but senior officers denied this.

While police was searching for more details they stumbled upon incriminating evidence which suggest that Mumbai-based Maoist Arun Thomas Ferreira, used to operate from Chandrapur area under the pseudonym Suresh Shukla.
Times Of India

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