Naxal arms factory busted near Mumbai

NAGPUR: The Gadchiroli police busted a Naxal arms and ammunition factory was unearthed at Neral in Raigadh district on Saturday.

Police said the factory belonged to Aseem Bhattarcharya, who was arrested along with Dinesh Wankhede, Suman Gawde and Paro Patel from their Dombivli hideout in the first week of March. Bhattacharya is alleged top Naxal cadre Suryakant’s elder brother. Suryakant is now in jail since his arrest from Patna in 2007 along with consignment of arms and ammunitions.

Wankhede and Gawde were part of Korchi Dalam in northern Gadchiroli and regular visitors of Bastar.

Weapon parts, dies recovered

The Neral workshop was functioning under the name of Neral Engineering Works since the last few years. Police have recovered dies of various kinds from the factory. Parts of rocket launchers, guns and magazines were also found besides some damaged pieces and samples. Four people were working in the factory when the raid took place. “It was not functioning regularly, but operated about once a fortnight,” said Gadchiroli SP S Vireesh Prabhu. “We are checking whether more people were involved in it,” he said. A joint action team from Mumbai and AP cops too had unearthed a small workshop for making weapons at Dombivli. This den was close to the place from where Naxals were arrested at Dombivli.

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