Investigations by the state anti-terrorism squad (ATS) revealed alleged Naxalite activities in industrial areas of Pune district. However, Pune rural police are struggling to get information about the labourer, and migrants working in industries under their jurisdiction.
Last year, 10 persons from West Bengal were held from Shirur for alleged links with a banned Maoist organisation. They were working as labourers at a private company in Shirur.
Pune rural police had then asked private companies to verify the records of labourers before employing them. The companies were also asked to compile the records of all labourers and share it with the local police.
However, speaking at a press conference on Saturday, district superintendent of police Shahaji Solunkhe said that they were not getting proper information about the labourers. Solunkhe added that they have not taken any action under Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the IPC. The ATS had arrested two Naxal operatives, Angela Sontakke and Shraddha Gurav, in April 2011. The two resided in Pirangut area under the jurisdiction of rural police.
Investigations by the ATS had also revealed that in mid-2010, Angela, secretary, golden corridor committee, CPI (Maoists), and her husband Milind Teltumbde, also a senior Maoist leader from state, had organised a ‘study camp’ for new recruits at Kude Budruk village in Khed taluka.
The ATS team said the Maoists were using industrial areas for allegedly spreading their ideology, sheltering and recruiting new members for their outfit. There are industrial belts in Ranjangaon, Chakan and other areas in Pune district.